Wednesday, February 3, 2016 @ 7 pm, Balch Auditorium, Scripps College
“…Poems of monumental grief, stoicism, rapture, and sharp humor…Young is a virtuoso.” –Booklist
Poet Kevin Young’s work crosses vernaculars. Equally at home in the language of the blues, the patois of the South and its culinary delights, the lexicon of loss, and the expression of new life, Young’s career began as a founding member of the Black Room Collective, a Cambridge-based forum for emerging black writers. Since those formative years, Young has become an award-winning writer, leaving an indelible mark on the world of contemporary poetry. He visits Scripps to share poems from his latest anthology, Blue Laws, featuring work from the last two decades.
Young has previously authored seven books of poetry, including Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels, winner of a 2012 American Book Award, and Jelly Roll, a finalist for the National Book Award. Young’s book The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness won the Graywolf Nonfiction Prize and was a New York Times Notable Book, among other accolades. He is currently the Atticus Haygood Professor of Creative Writing and English, curator of Literary Collections, and curator of the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library at Emory University.