The Poetic Arts of Africa and the School Curriculum, with Kwame Dawes

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The reform of the secondary curriculum in England in recent years has had the effect - if not the intention - of reducing the diversity of material taught in the classroom and an increasing emphasis on 'canon' and 'Empire' in both English and History teaching.

We invite you to join us for an opportunity to hear from Professor Kwame Dawes, the Emmy Award winning writer of fiction, poetry, criticism and essays, on these important issues. The discussion will take place from 4:45 to 5:45pm, followed by a reception and the opportuntiy to view the African Poetry Book Fund exhibition from 6pm.

Kwame Dawes is Chancellor’s Professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the Glenna Luschei Editor of the literary magazine Prairie Schooner, and a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. His many honours include the Forward Poetry Prize for Best First Collection, a Guggenheim Fellowship for Poetry, the Musgrave Silver Medal for contribution to the Arts in Jamaica, the Poets & Writers Barnes and Noble Writers for Writers Award, and a Pushcart Prize.

In 2009 he won an Emmy Award for Live, Love, Hope, a multimedia performance poetry and music piece that explores the lives of people living with HIV AIDS in Jamaica. His works of poetry, fiction, plays, and criticism include: City of Bones: A Testament (2017), Duppy Conqueror: New and Selected Poems (2013); Bivouac (2010); She’s Gone (2007); A Far Cry from Plymouth Rock: A Personal Narrative (2006); and Bob Marley: Lyrical Genius (2003). He is co-founder and programming director of the biannual Calabash International Literary Festival in Jamaica, and founding director of the African Poetry Book Fund, which advances the development and publication of the poetic arts of Africa.

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