Issue 21: Yusef Komunyakaa


About Yusef Komunyakaa

Yusef Komunyakaa was born in 1947 in Bogalusa, Louisiana, and raised during the beginning of the civil rights movement. He served in the United States Army from 1969 to 1970 as a correspondent, and as a managing editor of the Southern Cross during the Vietnam War, earning him a Bronze Star. Komunyakaa is one of America’s most prolific and important poets, having received the Pulitzer Prize and the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award for his book Neon Vernacular: New and Selected Poems, as well as the Wallace Stevens Award for lifetime achievement from the Academy of American Poets. He is a Distinguished Senior Poet in New York University’s graduate creative writing program, where he’s taught since 2006.

A Profile of the Author

Willow Springs 21

Three Poems by Yusef Komunyakaa

Found in Willow Springs 21 Back to Author Profile The Cops Call Him Charlie   An olive grove’s heavy greenness remains his only country & flag. Without family or friends, fifty … Read more

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Issue 59: A Conversation with Yusef Komunyakaa

Interview in Willow Springs 59 Works in Willow Springs 23 and 21 April 21, 2006 Jeffrey Dodd and Jessica Moll A CONVERSATION WITH YUSEF KOMUNYAKAA Photo Credit: CONTRIBUTING TO A … Read more

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