Kevin Young Poetry Reading
Monday, March 22 at 7:30 pm
Scheuer Room, Kohlberg Hall
Sponsored by the Department of English Literature and the Cooper Foundation.
Three of Kevin Young's books form what he calls "an American trilogy": To Repel Ghosts (2001), which explores the paintings of Jean-Michel Basquiat; Jelly Roll (2003), a collection of blues poems; and Black Maria (2005), a film noir. His first book of poetry, Most Way Home (1995), was selected for the National Poetry Series by Lucille Clifton, who describes the collection as re-creating "an inner history which is compelling and authentic and American."
Reviewing Young's work in 2007, critic Amy Guth noted that "Perhaps the most noticeable characteristic of Young's work . . . is the musical quality so fundamentally ingrained and supplied to each piece."
Born in Lincoln, Nebraska, Young studied under Seamus Heaney and Lucie Brock-Broido at Harvard University. While a student at Harvard, he became a member of the Dark Room Collective, a community of African American writers founded by Thomas Sayers Ellis and Sharan Strange.