Praise for Kwakye
Whether working from traditional sources of inspiration like the praise poem or the dirge, or deploying, in a modernist way, taut, condense, yet powerful imagery that must be unraveled to get at meaning … Kwakye shows himself a complete master of the poetic art.
– Professor Eustace Palmer
[A] language which echoes no known poets, a voice … singular in its unconventionality …
– Tanure Ojaide, Poet and Frank Porter Graham Professor of Africana Studies, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Kwakye’s writing contains exuberant humor…and cutting insights into human nature….
– Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
The author of several works of fiction and poetry, Benjamin Kwakye is the winner of two regional Commonwealth Writers Prize awards, for Best First Book and Best Book. His other awards include the Afrique Newsmagazine WEB DuBois Award for Literature, the IPPY Gold Award for Adult Multicultural Fiction, and the Illumination Book Award for Poetry (Bronze). Innocence of Photographs was a finalist for the 2019 Snyder Poetry Prize. His novel, The Clothes of Nakedness, has been adapted for radio as a BBC Play of the Week. Kwakye’s poetry has appeared in numerous publications and anthologies. He holds degrees from Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School. He is a director of The Africa Education Initiative. Kwakye lives in Michigan with his family, Margaret, Nana, Jeede and Kristodia.