Kevin Young

Kevin Young, photo by Melanie Dunea
Kevin Young, photo by Melanie Dunea

Kevin Young is the director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture—newly named a National Historic Landmark—and poetry editor of the New Yorker. He is the author of thirteen books of poetry and prose and the editor of nine others, including the forthcoming Library of America anthology African American Poetry featuring 250 years of black poets in the Americas. Much of the research for the anthology was completed at the Schomburg Center.

Young’s most recent book of poetry, Brown: Poems, and his nonfiction book Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News were both named New York Times Notable Books and long-listed for the National Book Award. Bunk was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award and was named a best book of 2017 by NPR, the Los Angeles Times, Dallas Morning News, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Vogue, the Atlantic, and others.

Young’s previous nonfiction book, The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness, won the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize and the PEN Open Book Award; it was also a New York Times Notable Book for 2012 and a finalist for the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism.

Young was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2016 and is visiting professor at Emory University and the fall 2019 Bain-Swiggett Professor at Princeton University.


selected bibliography

Brown: Poems (2018)
Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News
Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News (2017)
Book of Hours by Kevin Young
Book of Hours (2014)
Jelly Roll: A Blues by Kevin Young
Jelly Roll: A Blues (2003)

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online resources

Kevin Young’s website
“A poetry collection that squints hard at the culture, in pain and in joy,” the New York Times Book Review, April 26, 2018
“Young examines all things ‘Brown,'” NPR interview, April 25, 2018
“Moon shot: race, a hoax, and the birth of fake news,” an excerpt from Bunk in the New Yorker, October 21, 2017

Video: Young at Politics and Prose bookstore in Washington, D.C.