Kwame Dawes

Tuesday, April 5

Taylor Auditorium in Marsh Hall
This reading is free and open to the public

Dawes is the author of thirteen books of poetry and many books of fiction, non-fiction and drama.   In 2009, Dawes won an Emmy Award for his multimedia website, which uses poetry and photographs to vividly portray the HIV/AIDS crisis in Jamaica. Dawes is a Distinguished Poet in Residence at South Carolina University and  programming director of the Calabash International Literary Festival, which takes place in Jamaica. He is an expert on the music of Bob Marley, on which he has published extensively. He’s a practicing playwright and has seen more than 15 of his plays performed. An electrifying reader and musician, Dawes has been rightly called the busiest man in literature today.

Learn more about Kwame Dawes at

Click here to see “Live Hope Love: Living and Loving with Aids in Jamaica ,” Dawes’ Emmy Award-winning combination of poetry and photography.