So Much Things to Say

100 Poets from the First Ten Years of the Calabash International Literary Festival

By Kwame Dawes (Editor); Colin Channer (Editor)
Akashic Books, Paperback, 9781936070077, 224pp.

Publication Date: July 2010

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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.



About the Author
A prolific author and editor in myriad genres, Kwame Dawes has written sixteen collections of poetry, most recently Back of Mount Peace and Wheels. Dawes won an Emmy Award for his poetry and reporting on HIV/AIDS in his native Jamaica, and he is also the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, the Forward Poetry Prize, and the Hollis Summers Poetry Prize. Dawes is the Glenna Luschei Editor of Prairie Schooner and a Chancellor's Professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Colin Channer?is the author of? national bestselling novels"Colin Channer?is the author of? national bestselling novels"Waiting in Vain" and "Satisfy My Soul" as well as?the novellWaiting in Vain" and "Satisfy My Soul" as well as?the novellas "I'm Still Waiting and The Girl with the Golden Shoe. "Heas "I'm Still Waiting and The Girl with the Golden Shoe. "He is the editor of the groundbreaking anthology "Iron Balloon is the editor of the groundbreaking anthology "Iron Balloons: Hit Fiction from Jamaica's Calabash Writer's Workshop".?Hs: Hit Fiction from Jamaica's Calabash Writer's Workshop".?His essays, criticism and short fiction have appeared in the is essays, criticism and short fiction have appeared in the "New York Times", "Bomb", the "Times Literary Supplement", ""New York Times", "Bomb", the "Times Literary Supplement", "Renaissance Noire", "Obsidian III" and "Essence". Colin ChanRenaissance Noire", "Obsidian III" and "Essence". Colin Channer was born in Kingston, Jamaica, where he began his writinner was born in Kingston, Jamaica, where he began his writing career in high school as the secret (and expensive) creatog career in high school as the secret (and expensive) creator of love poems and amorous correspondence on behalf of other of love poems and amorous correspondence on behalf of other boys. He is?the Newhouse Visiting Professor in Creative Wrr boys. He is?the Newhouse Visiting Professor in Creative Writing at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. Channer is alsoiting at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. Channer is also the founder and artistic director of The Calabash Literary the founder and artistic director of The Calabash Literary Festival. Festival.
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