Yusef Komunyakaa

Yusef KomunyakaaYusef Komunyakaa is the author of more than a dozen books of poetry, among which are Talking Dirty to the Gods; Thieves of Paradise, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Award; Neon Vernacular: New & 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; and most recently, The Emperor of Water Clocks. Komunyakaa’s prose is collected inĀ Blue Notes: Essays, Interviews & Commentaries. He also co-edited The Jazz Poetry Anthology and co-translated The Insomnia of Fire by Nguyen Quang Thieu. In 1999, he was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. In 2016 he was named New York’s 11th State Poet. Yusef Komunyakaa is a senior faculty member in the NYU Creative Writing Program.