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Kwame Dawes – Mentoring Artist Talk

October 20, 2022, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

CANCELED: Atlantic Center for the Arts and its community, New Smyrna Beach, sustained extensive flooding from Hurricane Ian. Our hearts go out to all those in hurricane-damaged communities who endured devastating losses and now begin recovery. 

In the interest of safety, we have canceled our upcoming residency all outreaches. Our campus buildings did not sustain major damage, but flooding of the grounds has compromised some of our infrastructures and we are working to assess the damage. 

Kwame Dawes is a Pabst Endowed Chair for Master Writers

Born in Ghana in 1962, Kwame Dawes spent most of his childhood and early adult life in Jamaica. He is a writer of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and plays. As a poet, he is profoundly influenced by the rhythms and textures of Ghana, citing in an interview his “spiritual, intellectual, and emotional engagement with reggae music.” Indeed, his book Bob Marley: Lyrical Genius remains the most authoritative study of the lyrics of Bob Marley.

Kwame Dawes has authored 36 books of poetry, fiction, criticism, and essays, including, most recently, Nebraska (UNP, 2019), Bivouac (Akashic Books, 2019), and City of Bones: A Testament (Northwestern, 2017). Speak from Here to There (Peepal Tree Press), co-written with Australian poet John Kinsella, appeared in 2016. He is Glenna Luschei Editor of Prairie Schooner and Chancellor’s Professor of English at the University of Nebraska. He is also a faculty member in the Pacific MFA Program. He is Director of the African Poetry Book Fund and Artistic Director of the Calabash International Literary Festival. Dawes is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.


October 20, 2022
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Sadie Woods, Curatorial & Residency Director
386-427-6975 X13


ACA Joan James Harris Theater
1414 Art Center Ave
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168 United States
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