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Kevin Young

Kevin Young is the author of eleven books of poetry and prose, including the forthcoming Blue Laws: Selected & Uncollected Poems 1995-2015 (Knopf, 2016). The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness (Graywolf, 2012) won the PEN Open Book Award and was a New York Times Notable Book. He is Charles Howard Candler Professor of English & Creative Writing and Curator of Literary Collections and the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library at Emory University.


Larry Griggs at Booker’s Place. Greenwood, MS.


Spring 2015 | Essays

In Jim Crow Mississippi, speaking out cost a black waiter his job. Now he is immortalized in poetry and song.

First Loves Playlist

February 16, 2014 | Multimedia

When anyone mentions the 1980s, it depends on what ’80s they are talking about. It wasn’t all Day-Glo colors and jean miniskirts (sadly); nor was it hair metal, parachute pants, and white-collared dress shirts. Do you mean the ’80s when rap was growing up and we used mixtapes like currency? Or when I would wear Chuck Taylors and rolled-up Levis and get yelled at for dressing differently?

Illustration by John Ritter

Blood Nation

Spring 2013 | Essays

Truth is the goal of the memoir—or at least of its preface. Such authenticating devices are ways of gaining trust in a distrustful world. And yet such a disclaimer comes up against the problem encountered by a fabricator coming clean: “To tell you the truth, I am a liar.”


Winter 2004 | Poetry

I am tired of this place & want to take
a slow train to the moon—

Just jump the rails out past the pale
peeling walls of this here room.