Kwame Dawes Blogs @ Calabash

Kwame Dawes is back at the Poetry Foundation and promises more in-depth posts from the Calabash International Literary Festival, 2008.

I answer questions about how to get published, about how to be featured writer at Calabash, about why it seems like Calabash is condoning homosexual “arguments” on stage, about who selects the writers to read at the festival. I feel like an ombudsman, answering questions, trying to make sure that people are satisfied. The Calabash regulars will always give you a knowing smile, and thumbs up—they have been baptized into the healing of Calabash and they are enjoying their renewal and are smiling with the giddy brightness of people who are getting their fix for the year. I like being their ombudsman.

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