Edward Kamau Brathwaite was born on May 11th 1930 in Bridgetown, Barbados. He is considered one of the major voices in the Caribbean literary canon. He was a professor of Comparative Literature at New York University
Brathwaite was the 2006 International Winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize, for his volume of poetry Born to Slow Horses. He’s earned a Ph.D. from the University of Sussex in 1968 and was the co-founder of the Caribbean Artists Movement (CAM). He received both the Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellowships in 1983, and is a winner of the 1994 Neustadt International Prize for Literature, the Bussa Award, the Casa de las Américas Prize for poetry, the 1999 Charity Randall Citation for Performance and Written Poetry from the International Poetry Forum, and many others.