Currently alive, at 71 years of age.
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1947 – Born on the 29th of April.
1994 – Komunyakaa is a recipient of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award.
– The Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
1975 – Komunyakaa obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado.
1978 – M.A. in creative writing from Colorado State University.
1980 – An M.F.A. in creating writing from the University of California, Irvine.
1984 – Komunyakaa first gained wide recognition for the collection "Copacetic", which fused jazz rhythms and syncopation with super-hip colloquialism and the unique, arresting poetic imagery which has since become his trademark.
1997 – Komunyakaa was a professor at Indiana University for over ten years, and, in the fall, he began teaching at Princeton University.
2001 – The Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize.
2004 – Komunyakaa began a collaboration with dramaturg and theater producer Chad Gracia on a dramatic adaptation of The Epic of Gilgamesh.
2006 – The play will be published in October by Wesleyan University Press.
2007 – Komunyakaa was awarded the Robert Creeley Poetry Award and visited the Parker Damon building to read some of his poetry to a receiving Massachusett’s community.