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Award-winning poet Kwame Dawes speaks in CCNY’s Achebe Series

Kwame Dawes
Poet Kwame Dawes speaks at CCNY. Photo credit: Eliza Griffiths.

Poet Kwame Dawes is the Chinua Achebe Legacy Series speaker at The City College of New York on Wednesday, April 20. His talk, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in room 107 in the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, is free and open to the public.  Click here to register.  

An expert on African Diasporic literature, Dawes is the award-winning author of 16 books of poetry and numerous works of fiction, non-fiction, criticism and drama.  His most recent books, “Duppy Conqueror: New and Selected Poems” and “Hold me to an Island: Caribbean Place – An Anthology of Writing,” were published in 2013.

In addition to his writing, Dawes is the Glenna Luschei Editor of Prairie Schooner, and a Chancellor’s Professor of English at the University of Nebraska.  He also teaches in the Pacific MFA Writing program. 

The Chinua Achebe Legacy Series was launched by CCNY’s Black Studies Program last year to honor the late Nigerian writer, academic and critic whose first novel, “Things Fall Apart,” is the most widely read book in modern African literature.

Achebe served as a visiting professor at City College.  

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Since 1847, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. More than 15,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in the College of Liberal Arts and Science; Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture; School of Education; Grove School of Engineering; Sophie Davis Biomedical Education/CUNY School of Medicine; and the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership. U.S. News, Princeton Review and Forbes all rank City College among the best colleges and universities in the United States.

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