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Kevin Young is the author of five poetry collections including "For the Confederate Dead" (Knopf, 2007). His first book, "Most Way Home," was selected for the National Poetry Series by Lucille Clifton, and later won the Zacharis First Book Prize from Ploughshares. He is also the recipient of the Paterson Poetry Prize for "Jelly Roll," which was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Young's poetry and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, the Paris Review, the Kenyon Review, Callaloo and many other journals. He is also editor of several collections including the anthology "Giant Steps: The New Generation of African American Writers" and the Everyman's Library Pocket Poet anthologies titled "Blues Poems" and "Jazz Poems". The Atticus Haygood Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory University, Young lives in Atlanta, Ga.