Kevin Young

University Distinguished Professor

Charles Howard Candler Professor

English and Creative Writing

Phone: 404-727-4683

Fax: 404-727-4672

Email: kevin.young@emory.edu

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Biography

Professor Young is the author of eight books of poetry, including Book of Hours, featured on NPR’s “Fresh Air with Terry Gross”; 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 The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness, won the Graywolf Nonfiction Prize, was a New York Times Notable Book for 2012, a finalist for the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism, and won the PEN Open Award. Book of Hours won the 2015 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize for the best poetry collection published in the previous year. He is also the editor of eight other collections, most recently The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton, edited with Michael S. Glaser. He is Emory’s Charles Howard Candler Professor of English and Creative Writing and curator of Literary Collections and the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library.

For the Confederate Dead has been featured on NPR and PBS' News Hour with Jim Lehrer.

Publications

For the Confederate Dead

For the Confederate Dead

To Repel Ghosts

To Repel Ghosts

Jelly Roll

Jelly Roll

Black Maria

Black Maria

Most Way Home

Most Way Home

Dear Darkness

Dear Darkness

The Art of Losing (editor)

The Art of Losing (editor)

Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels

Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels

The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton 1965-2010 (editor)

The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton 1965-2010 (editor)

The Hungry Ear: Poems of Food & Drink (editor)

The Hungry Ear: Poems of Food & Drink (editor)

Book of Hours

Book of Hours

Blue Laws

Blue Laws: Selected & Uncollected Poems 1995-2015