Kwame Dawes, First Place winner of Narrative’s Fourteenth Annual Poetry Contest,was born in Ghana and spent much of his life in Jamaica. He is the author of numerous poetry collections, as well as fiction, criticism, and essays. He teaches at George W. Holmes University and in the Pacific MFA Program. In addition, he is the series editor of the African Poetry Book Series, a chancellor for the Academy of American Poets, and a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. His honors include an Emmy Award, the Forward Prize for Poetry, and the Windham Campbell Prize for Poetry.