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.


  • November 2019 Winners

    • First Place

      Rapture
      by JJ Wiliamson
      Babilu

      Second Place (tie)

      Red Spider Lilies
      by Bob Bradshaw
      The Writer's Block

      Second Place (tie)

      The Big House At Mambalam
      by Siva Ramanathan
      The Writer's Block

      Third Place (tie)

      What Have I Done to Thee O Muse
      by Peter Halpin
      Wild Poetry Forum

      Third Place (tie)

      World Affairs
      by Kenny A. Chaffin
      Wild Poetry Forum

      Honorable Mention

      Morning
      by Mary MacGowan
      The Waters

      Honorable Mention

      A Can of Grandma Figlioto’s Pasta Sauce
      by Daniel J. Flore III
      Babilu

  • October 2019 Winners

    • First Place

      We Could Use an American
      by Mignon Ariel King
      The Waters

      Second Place

      Dante’s Outer Circles
      by Ken Ashworth
      The Writer's Block

      Third Place

      Time of Move
      by RC James
      Babilu