Kevin Young


Kevin Young was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1970. He moved several times as a kid, then lived in Topeka, Kansas, until he went to college. He has an B.A. in English and American Literature from Harvard University, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Brown University. He began writing poetry in his teens, when he took a creative writing class for gifted middle school students with Thomas Fox Averill at Washburn Univeristy

Young's first collection, Most Way Home, was selected by Lucille Clifton for the National Poetry Series, and later won Ploughshares’s John C. Zacharis First Book Award. He is a former Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University, a recent Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, and NEA Literature Fellow in Poetry. 

Young has taught at the University of Georgia and Indiana University, where he was the Ruth Lilly Professor of Poetry. He was Atticus Haygood Professor of Poetry and Creative Writing at Emory University, and Curator of the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library. He now serves as director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City.

In the spring of 2017 Kevin was announced as the new poetry editor for The New Yorker.

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