Yusef Komunyakaa

Yusef Komunyakaa received the Bronze Star for his service as a war correspondent in Vietnam. He won the Pulitzer Prize in poetry for his book "Neon Vernacular" in 1994. His other books include "Pleasure Dome, ""Thieves of Paradise, ""Talking Back to the Gods, " and "Blue Notes" and he has also written jazz lyrics. In 1999 he was elected a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. He teaches at Princeton University.