Yusef Komunyakaa

Yusef Komunyakaa

Biography

Yusef Komunyakaa’s numerous books of poems include Pleasure Dome: New and Collected Poems, 1975–1999; Talking Dirty to the Gods; Thieves of Paradise, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Neon Vernacular: New and Selected Poems 1977–1989, for which he received the Pulitzer Prize and the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award; Magic City; Dien Cai Dau, which won the Dark Room Poetry Prize; I Apologize for the Eyes in My Head, winner of the San Francisco Poetry Center Award; Copacetic; The Chameleon Couch, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Griffin Poetry Prize; and, most recently, The Emperor of Water Clocks. Komunyakaa’s prose is collected in Blue Notes: Essays, Interviews and Commentaries and Condition Red: Essays, Interviews and Commentaries. He also co-edited The Jazz Poetry Anthology. His performance works have been performed nationally and internationally and include Gilgamesh: A Verse Play, Testimony, Wakonda’s Dream, and Saturnalia, among others. His honors include the William Faulkner Prize from the Université de Rennes; the Thomas Forcade Award; the Hanes Poetry Prize; fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Louisiana Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts; and the Wallace Stevens Award. In 1999, he was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, where he served for five years. From 2016–2018, he served as the poet laureate of New York state. Komunyakaa is a senior faculty member in the NYU Creative Writing Program.

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Events with Yusef Komunyakaa

Morning Share: A Celebration of Yusef Komunyakaa

11 May 2019
10:00 am
NYU Creative Writing Program
Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House
58 West 10th Street
New York, NY 10011

Love in the Time of War: A Celebration of Yusef Komunyakaa

11 May 2019
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
NYU Creative Writing Program
Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House
58 West 10th Street
New York, NY 10011

How Deep the Heart Runs: A Celebration of Yusef Komunyakaa

11 May 2019
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
NYU Creative Writing Program
Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House
58 West 10th Street
New York, NY 10011

Speaking Joy and Pain: A Tribute to Yusef Komunyakaa Culminating Event

11 May 2019
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Rosenthal Pavilion, Kimmel Center
60 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012