Aimee Nezhukumatathil is the author of three books of poetry. Lucky Fish (2011), winner of the Hoffer Grand Prize for Prose and Independent Books, At the Drive-In Volcano (2007), and Miracle Fruit (2003), all from Tupelo Press. Lucky Fish won the gold medal in Poetry for the Independent Publishers Book Awards and was featured in the New York Times and on the PBS NewsHour ArtsBeat. New poems appear in Tin House, Poetry, American Poetry Review, and Ploughshares. Her most recent chapbook is Lace & Pyrite, a collaboration of nature poems with the poet Ross Gay. She is professor of English at the State University of New York in Fredonia, where she teaches creative writing and environmental literature.
Kwame Dawes Born in Ghana in 1962, Kwame Dawes spent most of his childhood and early adult life in Jamaica. He is a writer of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and plays. As a poet, he is profoundly influenced by the rhythms and textures of Ghana, citing in an interview his “spiritual, intellectual, and emotional engagement with reggae music.” Indeed, his book Bob Marley: Lyrical Genius remains the most authoritative study of the lyrics of Bob Marley. Of his sixteen collections of poetry, his most recent title is Duppy Conqueror (Copper Canyon, 2013), shortlisted for the PEN Open Book Award. Dawes is currently the Glenna Luschei Editor of Prairie Schooner at the University of Nebraska, where he is a Chancellor’s Professor of English, a faculty member of Cave Canem, and a teacher in the Pacific MFA Program in Oregon.
Thursday, October 15, 2015 7 p.m.
2nd floor, L.V. Eberhard Center
Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus