Biographies Kamau Brathwaite (1930-)

Kamau Brathwaite was born in Bridgetown, Barbados, in 1930. A poet, playwright, and essayist, he is the author of a dozen books of poetry, including the Griffin International Poetry Prize winner Born to Slow Horses (2005). His collected essays, Roots (1986), won the Casa de las Americas Prize for Literary Criticism. Braithwaite’s other honors include the Neustadt International Award for Literature, the Charity Randall Prize for Performance and Written Poetry, and fellowships from the Ford, Fulbright, and the Guggenheim Foundations. The co-founder of the Caribbean Arts Movement in 1966, Brathwaite has taught at Harvard University and the University of the West Indies, and currently teaches Comparative Literature at New York University.

Audio Recordings with Kamau Brathwaite

Selected Works at the Library of Congress