Rediscovery and Other Poems, Ibadan: Mbari,1964
Night of my Blood, (poetry) Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1971
Ride me, memory, (poetry) Greenfield Review, 1973
The Breast of the Earth, Garden City, N.Y.L Anchor, 1975
The House by the Sea, (poetry) Greenfield Review, 1978
The Ghana Revolution: A Background Account from a Personal Perspective, N.Y., Oases, 1984
Until the Morning After, (poetry) Greenfield Review, 1987
Ghana : A political History from Pre-European to Modern Times, Accra: Sedco/ Woeli, 1990
Latin American & Caribbean Notebook I, (poetry) Africa World Press, 1992
Africa : The Marginalised Continent , Accra: Woeli, 1995
Herding the Lost Lamb, (poetry) 2002
Kofi Awoonor, poet, novelist and critic, was born in Wheta , Ghana , where his earliest poetic influences came from his grandmother, who was a dirge-singer. Much of his early work expresses this oral form in the common dirge motif of the ‘thwarted or painful return' which he explores in the broader context of the alienation of the Western-educated African. Awoonor went into exile after the first Ghanaian President, Kwame Nkrumah, was ousted by a coup in 1966. In this time, he completed a Ph.D in Literature at the State University of New York. His dissertation was later published as The Breast of the Earth: a survey of the history, culture and literature of Africa south of the Sahara (1975). In December 1975, while teaching at Cape Coast University, he was arrested and held on suspicion of involvement in a military coup, an experience he recounts in the publications The House by the Sea (1978) and Until the Morning After (1987).
He was appointed Ghana's ambassador to Brazil in 1985 and Cuba in 1989. From 1990 to 1994 Awoonor was Ghana 's Permanent Representative and Ambassador to the United Nations in New York . Whilst at the UN Kofi Awoonor was Chairman of the Committee on Implementation of UN Resolutions Against Apartheid. Among his many accolades, he is a recipient of the National Book Council Award for poetry (2001) and served as President of the African Literature Association (1998-1999). Apart from his fictional work, Awoonor is a respected and prolific analyst on issues relating to African and global politics.