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Kevin Young is the author of several poetry collections including his latest, "Book of Hours" (Knopf). 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. His nonfiction collection of essays “The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness” won the Greywolf Press Nonfiction Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. 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 the 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." Young is the Atticus Haygood Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory University.

Previous National Book Festival Appearances

Kevin Young

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