Kwame Dawes is the author of twenty-two books of poetry, most recently Nebraska (University of Nebraska Press, 2019), as well as numerous books of fiction, criticism, and essays. He is Glenna Luschei Editor of Prairie Schooner and teaches at the University of Nebraska and the Pacific MFA Program. He is also director of the African Poetry Book Fund and artistic director of the Calabash International Literary Festival. His many honors include an Emmy, the Forward Poetry Prize, a Guggenheim fellowship, and the Windham-Campbell Prize for Poetry. In 2021, Dawes was named editor of the nationally syndicated “American Life in Poetry” column.