Kwame Dawes

Judged: Jan-Mar 2011

Kwame Dawes

Born in Ghana and raised in Jamaica, Kwame Dawes is the author of fifteen books of poetry and many books of fiction, non-fiction, criticism and drama; and editor of several anthologies of poetry. He is the author of what remains the most definitive study of the lyrics of Bob Marley, Bob Marley: Lyrical Genius. He is current working on another Marley book as well as a book on Peter Tosh. His collection, Hope’s Hospice, appeared in the spring of 2009. In 2009, Dawes won an Emmy Award for the website livehopelove.com. His 2010 titles include, Back of Mt. Peace (poems), Bivouac (novel), and the anthology, Red: An Anthology Contemporary of Black British Poetry. He is Distinguished Poet in Residence at the University of South Carolina where he directs the SC Poetry Initiative.


  • June 2019 Winners

    • First Place

      Song for Picnic Ants
      by Andrew Dufresne
      Wild Poetry Forum

      Second Place

      Fragile
      by Kendall Witherspoon
      The Waters

      Third Place

      Good Friday, St. Peter’s Anglican, The East Bronx
      by Christine Potter
      The Waters

  • May 2019 Winners

    • First Place

      I think of the colour purple
      by Alison Armstrong-Webber
      The Waters

      Second Place

      Swimming in Twilight
      by Peter Halpin
      Wild Poetry Forum

      Third Place

      In another country with strangers
      by Greta Bolger
      The Waters