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Fall Festival of Authors: Kwame Dawes

Currell College Auditorium
Oct 20, 2009
Kwame Dawes will read on Tuesday, October 20th at 6:00 p.m. at Currell College Auditorium. There will be opportunities for questions and book signing following his reading. Dawes is the author of thirteen books of poetry and many books of fiction, non-fiction and drama. His collection, Hope’s Hospice (Peepal Tree), was released in May 2009. His awards include the Forward Poetry Prize, the Hurston/ Wright Legacy Award, the Hollis Summers Poetry Prize, the Pushcart Prize, and the Poetry Business Award. In 2009 Dawes was inducted into the South Carolina Academy of Authors and in 2008 he was awarded the The Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governors Awards for the Arts. Dawes holds Jamaica’s Silver Musgrave Medal for the Arts. He is Distinguished Poet in Residence at the University of South Carolina where he directs the SC Poetry Initiative and the University of South Carolina Arts Institute. Kwame Dawes is also the programming director of the Calabash International Literary Festival that takes place each May in Jamaica.