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Pulitzer-winning CSU poet to speak on campus Thursday

By Nick Coltrain, as appearing in the Coloradoan

Colorado State University alumnus and poet Yusef Komunyakaa will be on campus Thursday to give a public reading and accept a distinguished alumni award, according to a CSU blog post.

Komunyakaa graduated from CSU English Master of Arts program in 1980 and won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1994 for his collection, “Neon Vernacular.” He was the first African-American man to win the prize for poetry.

His “accolades are too numerous to list here,” blog author Jill Salahub wrote.

Komunyakaa, who now teaches at New York University, also was named to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences on Wednesday.

The award ceremony and reading are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the North Ballroom of the Lory Student Center. It is free and open to the public.