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Poet Kwame Dawes to Speak, Read at Wofford

Wednesday, October 01, 2003

SPARTANBURG, SC – The Wofford College Writers Series will host Kwame Dawes, a poet and professor at the University of South Carolina, on Tuesday, Oct. 7.

Dawes, author of eight books of poetry, including “Selected Poems, 1994-2002,” will discuss his works and answer questions in a Meet the Author session at 3:30 p.m. in the Shipp Hall Lounge. He will read from his works at 7:30 p.m. in the McMillan Theater in the Campus Life Building.

“Sensitive to the dusty savannahs of Ghana (where he was born), the hills and city streets of Jamaica (where he grew up), the ‘low-riding swamp’ of South Carolina (where he lives) and the landscapes of England (where he regularly visits), Dawes has an ever-growing, enthusiastic readership in those regions,” reads his book jacket.

Dawes studied and taught in New Brunswick on a Commonwealth Scholarship to Canada before taking a teaching position at USC in 1992, where he is an associate professor of English. His critical articles on literature, theater and film have been published widely. He is an actor, playwright and producer, as well as an accomplished storyteller, broadcaster, and even was the lead singer in Ujamaa, a reggae band. He has seen produced 15 of his plays and he has acted in, directed or produced several of the productions. He is awaiting the publication of a novel, “Biouac” (Peepal Tree 2004), set in Jamaica.

Dawes recently was appointed director of the MFA program at USC, and he is coordinator of a Minority Visiting Writers Series sponsored by the university.