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The 1994 Pulitzer Prize winner for "Neon Vernacular: New and Selected Poems," Yusef Komunyakaa served in Vietnam as an information specialist, saw combat and received a Bronze Star. His work combines those experiences with his life as an African American in the South. Komunyakaa also received the 1994 William Faulkner Prize. He currently teaches at New York University, and his latest work is "The Chameleon Couch: Poems" (Farrar, Straus & Giroux).