February 27, 2006

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Kwame Dawes will give a reading of his works Tuesday, March 7, at 7 p.m. in Bucknell Hall at Bucknell University.

Dawes also will give the lecture "Bob Marley's Reggae Aesthetic," March 7 at 4 p.m. in Smith Library of the Vaughan Literature Building at Bucknell.

Both events are open to the public without charge and are sponsored by the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell.

Distinguished Poet in Residence and director of the South Carolina Poet Initiative, Dawes is the Louise Fry Scudder Professor in the department of English at the University of South Carolina.

A native of Ghana and former resident of Jamaica, Dawes is an editor, actor, musician, playwright and critic.

The author of the nonfiction study Bob Marley: Lyrical Genius, Dawes has written 11 collections of poetry, including Progeny of Air, Resisting the Anomie, Prophets, Jacko Jacobus and Requiem as well as a suite of poems inspired by the illustrations of African American artist Tom Feelings in his landmark book The Middle Passage: White Ships/Black Cargo, and Shook Foil, a collection of reggae-inspired poems. His most recent collection, Midland, was awarded the Hollis Summers Poetry Prize by the Ohio University Press.

Dawes' poetry has appeared in such journals as the London Review of Books, Bomb Magazine, Doubletake Magazine, Poetry Review, Obsidian III, Calalloo, Shenandoah, the Mississippi Review, Indiana Review, Ariel, West Coast, Mangrove, Wasafiri, Caribbean Writer, Poetry London, among others. He writes a regular column on poetry, "Poetically Speaking," in the State newspaper of South Carolina.

For more information about Dawes' visit to Bucknell, contact the Stadler Center for Poetry at 570-577-1853 or see http://www.bucknell.edu/stadlercenter/

Story posted Feb. 27, 2006


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