Yusef Komunyakaa

Yusef Komunyakaa

Keynote Speaker: Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet & Professor at NYU

Yusef Komunyakaa Biography

Yusef Komunyakaa is an award-winning poet and professor known for his autobiographical poems about race, the Vietnam War, jazz and the blues. His numerous books of poems include "Pleasure Dome: New & Collected Poems, 1975-1999;" "Talking Dirty to the Gods;" "Thieves of Paradise," which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle 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; and "Copacetic."

Komunyakaa's prose is collected in "Blues Notes: Essays, Interviews & Commentaries." Komunyakaa also co-edited "The Jazz Poetry Anthology" (with J. A. Sascha Feinstein) and co-translated "The Insomnia of Fire" by Nguyen Quang Thieu (with Martha Collins).

His honors include the William Faulkner Prize from the Université de Rennes, the Thomas Forcade Award, the Hanes Poetry Prize, fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Louisiana Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Bronze Star for his service in Vietnam, where he served as a correspondent and managing editor of the Southern Cross. In 1999 he was elected a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets.

Komunyakaa is Professor and Distinguished Senior Poet at New York University and served as a Chancellor for the Academy of American Poets from 1999 to 2005.

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Yusef Komunyakaa Videos

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Yusef Komunyakaa on the Fragmentation of Poetry

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Yusef Komunyakaa is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Innovation, Authors and Poetry. The estimated speaking fee range to book Yusef Komunyakaa for virtual events is $10,000 - $20,000. Please contact us for live event fees. Yusef Komunyakaa generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Nikki Giovanni, Michael W. Twitty and Clayborne Carson. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Yusef Komunyakaa for an upcoming event.

Yusef Komunyakaa Videos

Yusef Komunyakaa | Facing It
Reading - Yusef Komunyakaa
Yusef Komunyakaa on the Fragmentation of Poetry

How to book Yusef Komunyakaa?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Yusef Komunyakaa for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Yusef Komunyakaa, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Yusef Komunyakaa or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book Yusef Komunyakaa?

Booking fees for Yusef Komunyakaa, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Yusef Komunyakaa, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Yusef Komunyakaa?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Yusef Komunyakaa for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Yusef Komunyakaa for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Yusef Komunyakaa or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Yusef Komunyakaa or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Yusef Komunyakaa is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Innovation, Authors and Poetry. The estimated speaking fee range to book Yusef Komunyakaa for virtual events is $10,000 - $20,000. Please contact us for live event fees. Yusef Komunyakaa generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Nikki Giovanni, Michael W. Twitty and Clayborne Carson. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Yusef Komunyakaa for an upcoming event.

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