Campus / News / March 2, 2011

Kwame Dawes to visit campus

At the beginning of spring term, poet and writer Kwame Dawes will be visiting Knox to give a lecture and a poetry reading. This will be Dawes’ second attempt to come to Knox, after he tried to come last spring.

“He was supposed to get an honorary doctorate and I think his plane was delayed and then cancelled entirely,” Post-Baccalaureate Fellow of the English Department Bryce Parsons-Twesten said. “He was [going to get] in late and he was willing to have a reading at midnight.”

According to the fliers that will be hung up next term to advertise for Dawes’ weeklong residency, “Dawes has written 13 books of poetry and other books of fiction, non-fiction and drama. His book ‘Bob Marley: Lyrical Genius’ is widely acknowledged as the most authoritative study of the lyrics of Bob Marley.”

Dawes ended up not arriving at Knox last term, and the midnight reading instead ended up being a reading given by Professors of English Monica Berlin and Nick Regiacorte.

“He must be a very nice guy,” Parsons-Twesten said about Dawes’ willingness to give a midnight reading.

Dawes has also won the Hollis Summers Poetry Prize and an Emmy in New Approaches to News & Documentary Programming for his website about his work with people living with AIDS in Jamaica.

On March 24, Dawes will give a lecture in Kresge Recital Hall at 7 p.m. on the “role of the artist in society and the value of art in engendering citizenship through the genius of empathy,” according to the flier. He will then give a poetry reading at 4 p.m. in the Red Room in Seymour Library on March 25.

Annie Zak

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