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Common Read: Yusef Komunyakaa

This LibGuide will enhance your understanding of Yusef Komunyakaa and his literary works.

Upcoming Appearance of Yusef Komunyakaa at Southeastern Louisiana University

UPDATE: The English Department will host a series of presentations on themes in Komunyakaa's creative works to build anticipation for the author's upcoming appearance on October 24, 2013. NOTE: Official dates are listed below.

Student submissions for presentations on October 24 are now being accepted until October 16! Visit the Reading Lives website for more information. Students can submit essays or presentations and original artwork including a dance, song, or music composition, film, video, photograph, visual art, or literature (poem, story, or drama). Group or individual submissions are accepted and can be sent to

FACULTY PRESENTATIONS (Topics Related to Literature of Yusef Komunyakaa):

  • September 24, 2 p.m. (DVIC 210) - Jack Bedell and Norman German present on "Louisiana Poems (Magic City)"
  • October 2, 2 p.m. (DVIC 210) - Alison Pelegrin presents on "Myth"
  • October 8, 2 p.m. (DVIC 210) - Francis Broussard, Paul Crawford, and Mary Sue Ply present on "Vietnam"
  • October 9, 2 p.m. (DVIC 210) - Reine Bouton and Richard Louth present on "Jazz"
  • October 16, 2 p.m. (DVIC 210) - Martin Kearney and Jayetta Slawson present on "Gilgamesh"

Note: The English Department will welcome Yusef Komunyakaa to campus on October 24, 2013. Official events and times will be forthcoming. NOTE: the October 24 events will take place in the Student Union Theater.

Come out and support our visiting author!

Schedule for October 24 appearance:

9:30 am - 10:30 am: Student Panel

11:00am - 12:00pm: Yusuf Komunyakaa Q & A

2:00pm - 3:15pm: Civil Rights in Southeast Louisiana: An Oral History

7:00pm - 8:00pm: Yusuk Komunyakaa Reading and Q & A; Book signing and reception to follow



About Yusef Komunyakaa

Yusef Komunyakaa

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Reading Lives Website associated with Komunyakaa Appearance

The English Department has a helpful website that features Komunyakaa and has information about his upcoming appearance.

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Contact Info for Yusef Komunyakaa

Yusef Komunyakaa teaches at New York University (click on his name for his university webpage and email contact).

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