Poet and writer Kwame Dawes travels to Jamaica to explore the experience of people living with HIV/AIDS and to examine the ways in which the disease has shaped their lives. The journey brings him in touch with people who tell their stories, share their lives and teach him about resilience, hope and possibility in the face of despair. Some are living with the disease; others have committed their lives to HIV/AIDS care.

Hope: Living and Loving with HIV in Jamaica is a multi-media reporting project: an extended essay by Kwame Dawes for The Virginia Quarterly Review (Spring 2008), two short documentaries for the public-television program Foreign Exchange, a collection of poetry inspired by his reporting, a performance of the poems set to music by composer Kevin Simmonds, and LiveHopeLove.com, an interactive web presentation that synthesizes audio and text versions of the poems, the Foreign Exchange videos, additional video interviews, the music, and photography by Joshua Cogan.

Launch the Emmy and Webby award-winning interactive site LiveHopeLove.com

The Pulitzer Center's reporting on HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean was made possible with support from the MAC AIDS Fund.

Joshua Cogan's picture
Joshua Cogan is a documentary photographer and anthropologist based out of Washington D.C. Josh has worked as an Interactive Producer for Bluecadet since 2006. His work has appeared in such...
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Pulitzer Center staff
Steve Sapienza is an award-winning news and documentary producer who has covered a wide range of human security stories in dozens of countries, including the HIV crisis in Haiti and the Dominican...
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Poetry/Special Correspondent: Kwame Dawes Executive Producer: Jon Sawyer Producer/Videographer: Nathalie Applewhite Producer/Videographer: Stephen Sapienza Videographer: Doug Gritzmacher...
Kwame Dawes's picture
Ghanaian-Jamaican writer and poet Kwame Dawes is the author of more than a dozen collections of verse, including the critically-acclaimed “Wisteria: Poems from the Swamp Country.” Dawes is also the...

Hope: Living and Loving with HIV in Jamaica