Kevin Young: Blending Music in Poetry

TUE, APR 14, 2009 (47:26)

Kevin Young, Emory University's Professor of Poetry, discusses his unique compositions. He is widely known for finding inspiration in African American music, particularly the blues, and in the history of black America. His compilations of poetry include, For the Confederate Dead and Black Maria: Poems Produced and Directed by Kevin Young.

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Although Young was born and raised in the Midwest, his parents were from Louisiana, and ties to the family's Cajun heritage have remained strong throughout his life. Completed in 2008, following the sudden death of Young's father, the book Dear Darkness is at once infused with the sadness of his loss, and enlivened by the poet's wry but enthusiastic celebration of his southern roots.

In addition to Dear Darkness, Young has written five other books of poetry, including For the Confederate Dead (2007), Jelly Roll: A Blues (2003), and Most Way Home (1995), which was selected for the National Poetry Series. Young's other honors include a Stegner Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. He is currently a professor of English and curator of the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library at Emory University.

Clayton State University
African American Culture Series
Poetry Month Series