On the Eve of Martin Luther King's passing, ATHICA is honored to host an evening of poetry by Kevin Young; a part of the VOX
Reading Series and the Creative Writing Program of the University of Georgia (UGA).
essayist, and former UGA professor Kevin Young is widely regarded as one of the leading poets of his
1970, he is the author of
seven collections of poetry, which include Ardency: A Chronicle of the
(Alfred A. Knopf, 2011); Dear Darkness: Poems (2008); For the Confederate
Dead (2007); Black
Maria (2005); Jelly
Roll: A Blues
(2003); To Repel Ghosts (Zoland Books, 2001), which was a finalist for the James Laughlin
Award; and Most Way Home (1995), selected for the National Poetry Series and winner of the
Zacharis First Books Award from Ploughshares.
recently published his first collection of essays, The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness, which won the Graywolf Press
Nonfiction Prize and which The New York Times called ďan ambitious blast of fact
and feeling, a nervy piece of performance art.Ē
also the editor of the anthologies The Best American Poetry 2011 (Scribner, 2011); The Art of Losing: Poems of
Grief and Healing
(Bloomsbury, 2010); Jazz Poems (Everymanís Library, 2006); Blues Poems (Everyman's Library, 2003) and Giant
Steps: The New Generation of African American Writers (2000), as well as a selected
volume of poems by John Berryman for the Library of America.
awards and honors include a Stegner Fellowship in Poetry at Stanford
University, a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, a MacDowell Colony Fellowship,
and an NEA fellowship. Young has taught at the University of Georgia and at
Indiana University; currently, he lives in Atlanta, where he is the Atticus
Haygood Professor of English and Creative Writing and curator of the Raymond
Danowski Poetry Library at Emory University.