Kevin Young is the author of eight books of poetry, including Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels, winner of an American Book Award; Jelly Roll: A Blues, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and won the Paterson Poetry Prize; and his latest collection, Book of Hours.
Young’s nonfiction book, The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness, won the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize; it was named a New York Times Notable Book for 2012 and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Award in criticism.
Young is also the editor of several books, including The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton 1965–2010, edited with Michael S. Glaser. This eight-hundred-plus page book collects all of Clifton’s published work, as well as over fifty previously unpublished poems; introduced by Toni Morrison with a thirty-page afterword by Young, The Collected Poems was a finalist for a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in poetry. Publishers Weekly wrote, “The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton 1965-2010 may be the most important book of poetry to appear in years,” and named it a best book of the year.
Young’s writing has been featured frequently on National Public Radio and in major publications including the New Yorker and the New York Times Book Review. His honors include a Stegner Fellowship in Poetry at Stanford University, a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a MacDowell Colony Fellowship. In 2009 he was named the United States Artist James Baldwin Fellow.
Young is currently Atticus Haygood Professor of Creative Writing & English and Curator of Literary Collections & the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library at Emory University. Blue Laws: Selected and Uncollected Poems: 1995-2015 is due out from Knopf in February 2016.