Kwame Dawes was born in Ghana in 1962 and spent much of his childhood in Jamaica. He is the author of over a dozen books, including Wisteria: Poems From the Swamp Country, Impossible Flying, Back of Mount Peace, Hope’s Hospice, Wheels, and Duppy Conqueror: New and Selected Poems. Dawes’ novels include She’s Gone, and Bivouac, and his non-fiction collections include A Far Cry From Plymouth Rock: A Personal Narrative, and Fugue and Other Writings. He is also the author of Bob Marley: Lyrical Genius, a study of the musician’s lyrics. Awards include an Emmy and Webby for Live Hope Love, an interactive website based on the Kwame Dawes Pulitzer Prize Center project HOPE: Living and Loving with AIDS in Jamaica; the Forward Prize for Poetry; the Hollis Summers Prize for Poetry; a Pushcart Prize; and a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship, among others. Dawes currently serves as Professor of English at the University of Nebraska.