Kamau Brathwaite

Kamau Brathwaite (b. 1930), a poet, historian, literary critic, and essayist, was born in Bridgetown, the capital city of Barbados. Brathwaite spent his childhood in Barbados but would spend his adult life traveling, learning, and teaching all over the globe. He attended Harrison University in Barbados and Pembroke College in Cambridge, England, where he graduated with honors in 1953. After graduating from Cambridge, Brathwaite embarked on a journey to Ghana where he worked in Ghana's Ministy of Education for more than ten years. Brathwaite familiarized himself with Ghanaian traditional verse and pre-colonial African myths, which would be influencial to his own writing. Later on, he earned his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Sussex in 1968. He has taught at Harvard University, the University of the West Indies, and New York University. He won the 1994 Neustadt Prize.

  • Kamau Brathwaite
     "Kamau Brathwaite, a towering poet, has moved from the margins of language and history, from the peripheral realm of ''the other exiles,' to the center of civilization, affecting a renaissance of oral poetry and remaking of the poetic world." - H. H. Anniah Gowda, in his essay "Creation in the Poetic Development of Kamau Brathwaite" from the Autumn 1994 issue of WLT Ka...