Yusef Komunyakaa

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet writing about the African American Experience in the American South

In his poetry, Yusef Komunyakaa creates vivid images inspired by his life in Louisiana before and during the American Civil Rights Movement, as well as his time in the U.S. Army in Vietnam. His poetry fuses jazz rhythms and colloquialisms to create striking imagery. In 1994, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry as well as the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award for Neon Vernacular. He also received the Louisiana Writer Award for his contributions to poetry. Komunyakaa currently teaches in New York University’s creative writing program and continues to make poetry, theater, and prose.