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So Much Things to Say: 100 Poets from the First Ten Years of the Calabash International Literary Festival

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Contributors include: Robert Pinsky, Derek Walcott, Elizabeth Alexander, Amiri Baraka, Martin Espada, Terrance Hayes, Valzyna Mort, Sonia Sanchez, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Patricia Smith, Saul Williams, Staceyann Chin, and 88 others.

Imagine a night of a hundred poets reading their work to an audience of intensely engaged, responsive, and lively people. Imagine the reading taking place under a tent pitched on a grassy lawn that overlooks the Caribbean Sea. Imagine the sun setting, imagine the scent of curried goat and fried fish wafting through the air, imagine the heat, imagine the cool tongue of wind off the sea, imagine a stage like an ancient shrine with a podium artfully pieced together with bamboo, strips of still green wood, leaves, twine, and shells. Imagine one hundred poets, some whose names you know and some you have never heard of, stepping onto the stage, opening their mouths and hearts, and singing out poems of such variety, complexity, beauty, and passion.

This is what a poetry reading at the Calabash International Literary Festival is like, and this new anthology provides readers a taste of what this festival offers year after year.

Edited by Kwame Dawes and Colin Channer, two of the founders of the festival, this is an exciting example of Calabash's commitment to create a festival that is diverse, inspirational, earthy, and daring each May. This anthology is at once a celebration of ten years of a remarkable literary event as it is a gesture of love to seek ways to continue to fund and support this festival for the future. All profits from this publication will go toward the running of the festival, which remains free and open to the public.

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A dazzling array of world-renowned poets donate their words in celebration of Calabash, the world's best literary festival, held annually in Treasure Beach, Jamaica. Contributors include: Robert Pinsky, Derek Walcott, Elizabeth Alexander, Amiri Baraka, Martin Espada, Terrance Hayes, Valzyna Mort, Sonia Sanchez, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Patricia Smith, Saul Williams, Staceyann Chin, and many others.

Editor Kwame Dawes was born in Ghana and raised in Jamaica. He is the author of many books of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, criticism, and drama. His debut novel, She's Gone (Akashic Books), was a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. He is Distinguished Poet in Residence at the University of South Carolina. He is also the programming director of the Calabash International Literary Festival that takes place each May in Jamaica.

Synopsis:

Robert Pinsky and Derek Walcott anchor this groundbreaking, soulful poetry collection.

Synopsis:

A dazzling array of world-renowned poets donate their words in celebration of Calabash, the world's best literary festival, held annually in Treasure Beach, Jamaica. Contributors include: Robert Pinsky, Derek Walcott, Elizabeth Alexander, Amiri Baraka, Martin Espada, Terrance Hayes, Valzyna Mort, Sonia Sanchez, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Patricia Smith, Saul Williams, Staceyann Chin, and many others.

Editor Kwame Dawes was born in Ghana and raised in Jamaica. He is the author of many books of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, criticism, and drama. His debut novel, She's Gone (Akashic Books), was a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. He is Distinguished Poet in Residence at the University of South Carolina. He is also the programming director of the Calabash International Literary Festival that takes place each May in Jamaica.

Colin Channer is the founder and artistic director of the Calabash International Literary Festival Trust. He was born in Jamaica, but has lived in the United States since his late teens. Known primarily as a novelist, he is the Newhouse Visiting Professor in Creative Writing at Wellesley College near Boston, Massachusetts.

About the Author

Kwame Dawes was born in Ghana and raised in Jamaica. He is the author of many books of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, criticism, and drama. His debut novel, She's Gone (Akashic), won the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. He is Distinguished Poet in Residence at the University of South Carolina where he directs the SC Poetry Initiative.

Colin Channer is the founder and artistic director of the Calabash International Literary Festival Trust. He was born in Jamaica, but has lived in the United States since his late teens. Known primarily as a novelist, he is the Newhouse Visiting Professor in Creative Writing at Wellesley College near Boston, Massachusetts.

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ISBN:
9781936070077
Author:
Dawes, Kwame
Publisher:
Akashic Books
Editor:
Channer, Colin
Author:
Channer, Colin
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
American - African American
Subject:
Caribbean & Latin American
Subject:
Poetry -Anthologies
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20100731
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TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
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Y
Pages:
275
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.6 in 10 oz

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"Synopsis" by , A dazzling array of world-renowned poets donate their words in celebration of Calabash, the world's best literary festival, held annually in Treasure Beach, Jamaica. Contributors include: Robert Pinsky, Derek Walcott, Elizabeth Alexander, Amiri Baraka, Martin Espada, Terrance Hayes, Valzyna Mort, Sonia Sanchez, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Patricia Smith, Saul Williams, Staceyann Chin, and many others.

Editor Kwame Dawes was born in Ghana and raised in Jamaica. He is the author of many books of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, criticism, and drama. His debut novel, She's Gone (Akashic Books), was a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. He is Distinguished Poet in Residence at the University of South Carolina. He is also the programming director of the Calabash International Literary Festival that takes place each May in Jamaica.

"Synopsis" by ,
Robert Pinsky and Derek Walcott anchor this groundbreaking, soulful poetry collection.
"Synopsis" by , A dazzling array of world-renowned poets donate their words in celebration of Calabash, the world's best literary festival, held annually in Treasure Beach, Jamaica. Contributors include: Robert Pinsky, Derek Walcott, Elizabeth Alexander, Amiri Baraka, Martin Espada, Terrance Hayes, Valzyna Mort, Sonia Sanchez, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Patricia Smith, Saul Williams, Staceyann Chin, and many others.

Editor Kwame Dawes was born in Ghana and raised in Jamaica. He is the author of many books of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, criticism, and drama. His debut novel, She's Gone (Akashic Books), was a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. He is Distinguished Poet in Residence at the University of South Carolina. He is also the programming director of the Calabash International Literary Festival that takes place each May in Jamaica.

Colin Channer is the founder and artistic director of the Calabash International Literary Festival Trust. He was born in Jamaica, but has lived in the United States since his late teens. Known primarily as a novelist, he is the Newhouse Visiting Professor in Creative Writing at Wellesley College near Boston, Massachusetts.

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