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Pulitzer Prize Poet Coming to Scarfone

Published: August 28, 2000
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 others.


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.