Kwame Dawes biography: Kwame Dawes is a Ghanaian poet, actor, editor and musician, born on 28th July, 1962 in Ghana.
Kwame Dawes studied at Jamaica College and received a BA degree from the University of the West Indies. He attained a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of New Brunswick in 1992.
Kwame Dawes is currently a Professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and editor-in-chief at Prairie magazine. From 1992 to 2012, he taught at the University of South Carolina as a Professor in English, Distinguished Poet in Residence, Director of the South Carolina Poetry Initiative and Director of the USC Arts Institute. He was also the faculty advisor for the publication Yemassee. In 2018, he was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.
In 2009, Dawes won an Emmy Award in the New Approaches to News and Documentary Programming: Arts, Lifestyle and Culture category. He received the 2011 Barnes and Noble Writers for Writers Award.