Kwame Dawes

Friday 18th August 2023
Location: Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny
ince Progeny of Air won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection in 1994, Kwame Davies has never looked back. In prolific career he has published 36 books of poetry, fiction, criticism and essays, an acclaimed study of Bob Marley’s lyrics, and 15 plays.

His long poem ‘Inheritance’ won a Pushcart Prize in 2001 and he was awarded the Windham-Campbell Prize for Poetry in 2018. His interactive site, based on his Pulitzer Center project HOPE: Living and loving with AIDS in Jamaica, won numerous awards including an Emmy.

Now a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, we’re thrilled to welcome Dawes to Kilkenny as this year’s Poet-in-residence. Join him at this reading / discussion as he explores the murky waters of voice in language. What happens when we remove the ‘I’ from a line of poetry, or from other lines? What do we gain, and might others lose?
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