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Yusef Komunyakaa

Global Distinguished Professor of English

Areas of Research/Interest: 

Creative writing; poetry


William Faulkner Prize from the Universite 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 Bronze Star for his service in Vietnam, where he served as a correspondent and managing editor of the Southern Cross

Taboo: The Wishbone Trilogy, Part 1 (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004);

Pleasure Dome: New & Collected Poems, 1975-1999 (Wesleyan University Press, 2001);

Talking Dirty to the Gods (2000);

Thieves of Paradise (1998), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award;

Neon Vernacular: New & Selected Poems 1977-1989 (1994), for which he received the Pulitzer Prize and the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award;

Magic City (1992);

Dien Cai Dau (1988), which won The Dark Room Poetry Prize;

I Apologize for the Eyes in My Head (1986), winner of the San Francisco Poetry Center Award;

Copacetic (1984). 

Komunyakaa's prose is collected in Blues Notes: Essays, Interviews & Commentaries (University of Michigan Press, 2000).

The Jazz Poetry Anthology (co-editor with J. A. Sascha Feinstein, 1991)

The Insomnia of Fire by Nguyen Quang Thieu (co-translator with Martha Collins, 1995)

Updated on 12/14/2011