Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and
Princeton University creative writing professor Yusef Komunyakaa will read for
The Writer’s Voice in a benefit at the Scarfone Gallery on Thursday, September
14 at 8 p.m.
The Bogalusa, LA, native (born 1947) won literature’s most coveted prize for
Neon Vernacular: New and Selected Poems (1994), for which he also received the
Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award.
Komunyakaa’s 11 books of poetry have earned him numerous other awards over
the years, including the William Faulkner Prize, the Thomas Forcade Award, the
Hanes Poetry Prize, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and
Komunyakaa also is the author of a libretto, Slip Knot, and is a jazz
lyricist and Bronze Star-decorated Vietnam veteran.
Admission to the reading is $10, with proceeds to benefit the Writer’s Voice
Annual Giving Campaign, which supports after-school programs for youth in
under-served areas of Tampa.
Komunyakaa’s books and recordings will be for sale at the Scarfone Gallery,
at the corner of Brevard and North B streets on the UT campus.