Monday 24 February, 2020

Acclaimed Barbadian poet Edward Kamau Brathwaite has died

Kamau Brathwaite - Leviticus (FILE)

Kamau Brathwaite - Leviticus (FILE)

Edward Kamau Brathwaite died on February 4, 2020, at the age of 89.

The acclaimed poet left an indelible mark on the cultural landscape of Barbados and across the entire literary world.

He was a Comparative Literature professor at the New York University in the Arts & Science and at the time of his death was Professor Emeritus. 

A graduate of Pembroke College in Cambridge, Brathwaite held a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Sussex and was the co-founder of the Caribbean Artists Movement (CAM). 

In relation to Honours and Fellowships, Brathwaite earned the Casa de las Americas Premio 2011; WEB DuBois Award 2010; Jose Lezama Lima Prize; Neustadt International Award for Literature; Casa de Las Americas prize Prize for poetry; Casa de las Americas Prize for Literary Criticism; and he was a Guggenheim Fellow; Fulbright Fellow; Ford Foundation Fellow amongst others.

He leaves his wife and family to mourn his passing, along with all the writers, poets, authors and Literature buffs who were impacted by him or his works.

Among his books are: Ancestors, Magical Realism, Golokwati, Words Need Love Too, Ark: A 9/11 Continuation Poem, The Development of Creole Society in Jamaica 1770-1820, and Born to Slow Horses.

Loop News extends condolences to the loved ones of Lawson Edward Brathwaite.

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