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Wick Poetry Center Hosts Yusef Komunyakaa

Posted Feb. 24, 2012

Kent State University’s Wick Poetry Center will host Pulitzer-Prize winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa on Thursday, March 29, at 7:30 p.m. in Room 214 of Oscar Ritchie Hall on Kent State University’s campus. Kent State University Libraries and the Department of Pan-African Studies will co-sponsor the event.

A discussion of Komunyakaa's poetry will take place on Sunday, March 25 from 2:00–3:30 at the Kent Free Library. Mwatabu Okantah, Assistant Professor and Poet-in-Residence in the Department of Pan-African Studies and Director of the Center of Pan-African Culture at Kent State, will lead the discussion. Packets of Komunyakaa's selected works will be available in advance; however, no previous knowledge of his work is necessary to attend the event. Advanced registration is recommended; contact the library at 330-673-4414 or email

Yusef Komunyakaa is the author of numerous books of poems, including The Chameleon Couch, Warhorses, Taboo, and Neon Vernacular: New and Selected Poems, for which he received the Pulitzer Prize. Komunyakaa is the recipient of many awards and prizes, including a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, and the William Faulkner Prize. He served as a Chancellor for the Academy of American Poets from 1999 to 2005 and is currently Professor and Distinguished Senior Poet at New York University.

This reading is free and open to the public.

More information is available at or by calling the Wick Poetry Center at 330-672-2067.