Gabriel A. Zimpritch Poetry Symposium

Public Reading featuring
Kwame Dawes and CEHS student poets

Friday, May 1
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Each year the Gabriel A. Zimpritch Poetry Symposium is held in memory of Gabe Zimpritch, who was student at Cape Elizabeth High School when he died suddenly in 1995. One of his passions was poetry, and this prompted his family and friends to establish the Gabriel A. Zimpritch Library Fund, which supports the Poetry Collection at Thomas Memorial Library and the Poetry Symposium. 

A group of high school students will be working virtually with poet Kwame Dawes all day on Friday, May 1
in the library’s symposium. The public is invited to attend a reading in the evening featuring Mr. Dawes and these student poets. Please fill out the form below to register!

Kwame DawesKwame Dawes Kwame Dawes has authored 36 books of poetry, fiction, criticism, and essays, including, most recently, Nebraska (UNP, 2019), Bivouac (Akashic Books, 2019), and City of Bones: A Testament (Northwestern, 2017). Speak from Here to There (Peepal Tree Press), co-written with Australian poet John Kinsella, appeared in 2016. He is Glenna Luschei Editor of Prairie Schooner and Chancellor’s Professor of English at the University of Nebraska. He is also a faculty member in the Pacific MFA Program. He is Director of the African Poetry Book Fund and Artistic Director of the Calabash International Literary Festival. Dawes is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.





Visit the Archive of Online Poetry of Kwame Dawes: Kwame Dawes: An Archive of Online Poems

Please register for link to the live Poetry Reading by filling out the form below:

For  more information about this year’s poetry symposium, the work our students will be doing, and Kwame Dawes, download this guide.

Poematic reading a book by Kwame Dawes