Born in Ghana, raised in Jamaica, and educated in Canada, Distinguished Poet and Residence of the University of South Carolina, Kwame Dawes, has been recently recognized for his works as a poet and will be inducted into the South Carolina Academy of Authors this Saturday.
Dawes explains why this is so rewarding for him saying, “I am now a U.S. citizen but I always felt like a South Carolinian long before I felt like an American.
“So it is gratifying to be inducted in the South Carolina Academy of Authors it expressed, at least, that I am recognized as a South Carolinian. That means a lot to me.”
Other authors of note in the Academy are James Dickey, Pat Conroy, and John Jakes.
Dawes is honored to be inducted along side his co-honorees. “The people who are bring inducted with me,” said Dawes, “Susan Ludvigson, who is a good friend and a poet that I admire greatly…I think she is an amazing poet. And Carrie McCray who was a fantastic human being, great writer, and just a wonderful artist. She was also a dear friend so it is good company to be inducted with.”
The ceremony takes place tomorrow night a 7:00 p.m. and will be held at the Capstone House at USC. Reservations are required for this event.