Home is Where

Editor: Kwame Dawes

Softcover (ISBN: 978-1-891885-80-8 )
$17.95

Kwame Dawes edits Home of Where: An Anthology of African-American Poetry from the Carolinas, featuring the work of forty-six original voices writing on sujects from Jim Crow to jazz, haunted landscapes to romantic love.

Publication Date: Oct 2011
Dimensions: 6 x 9 in.
216 pages

In Home is Where, Kwame Dawes compiles the work of more than two dozen African-American poets from the Carolinas, showcasing a vast array of original voices writing on subjects ranging from Jim Crow to jazz, haunted landscapes to romantic love—all in an attempt to define the South as home. Dawes, the nationally celebrated poet, dramatist, scholar, novelist, essayist, and founder of the South Carolina Poetry Initiative, edits this new and unparalleled anthology from Hub City Press.

The poets range in notoriety, from National Book Award winner Terrance Hayes, PEN American Open Book Award winner Nikky Finney and Ansfield-Wolf Award winner A. Van Jordan, to poets perhaps less recognizable by name, but whose poems you will immediately recognize as powerful, musical, and accomplished.

In his introductory essay to the anthology, Dawes proclaims the necessity of this collection, not only for the purposes of getting extraordinary poetry into the hands of readers, but also in terms of the political importance of the voices represented. What is in these pages is nothing less than a significant part of the contemporary poetry scene in America, and also a piece of American history, that in the past has not received its due credit. With Home is Where, that credit is restored.

Kwame Dawes

Kwame Dawes

Kwame Dawes is the author of 13 books of poetry and many books of fiction, non-fiction and drama. He has served as Distinguished Poet in Residence at the University of South Carolina where he directed the SC Poetry Initiative and the University of South Carolina Arts Institute. He is the programming director of Jamaica’s Calabash International Literary Festival. In April he was named the Glenna Luschei Editor of Prairie Schooner, the quarterly literary magazine at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dawes will join the UNL faculty in fall 2011 and additionally has been named a Chancellor’s Professor and professor of English.