Kevin Young

Longlist, 2017 National Book Awards
Finalist, 2003 National Book Awards
Longlist, 2016 National Book Awards

Kevin Young is the author of a previous work of nonfiction, The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness, which was a New York Times Notable Book, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism, and the winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize.
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Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News

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ISBN 9781555977917 Graywolf Press

This brilliant and timely work asks what it means to live in a post-factual world of "truthiness" where everything is up for interpretation and everyone is subject to a contagious cynicism that damages our ideas of reality, fact, and art. More about this book >

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Jelly Roll: a blues

Jelly Roll: A Blues, by Kevin Young book cover
ISBN 9780375709890 Alfred A. Knopf / Random House, Inc.

From Blues to Dixieland to Ragtime, early 20th century American popular music serves as a stylistic and thematic model for the poems in this collection. The poet limits himself to short verses, often of only two lines, complementing his urgent and highly personal subject matter while lending melodic vocal attributes to the verse. More about this book >

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Blue Laws

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ISBN 9780385351508 Alfred A. Knopf

Blue Laws gathers poems written over the past two decades, drawing from all nine of Kevin Young's previously published books of poetry and including a number of uncollected, often unpublished, poems. More about this book >

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Kevin Young

Kevin Young is the author of a previous work of nonfiction, The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness, which was a New York Times Notable Book, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism, and the winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize. He is also the author of nine books of poetry, including Blue Laws: Selected and Uncollected Poems 1995–2015, which was named to the longlist for the National Book Award; Book of Hours, which won the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets; and Jelly Roll: A Blues, which was named a finalist for the National Book Award and for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He is the editor of many books and anthologies, including The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton 1965–2010 and The Best American Poetry 2011. His most recent book is Bunk. Young is the director of the Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City.

Young’s next nonfiction book, Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News, will be out from Graywolf Press November 14, 2017. Young’s nonfiction book The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness won the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize and the PEN Open Book Award; it was also a New York Times Notable Book for 2012 and a finalist for the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism. He is the editor of eight other collections, most recently The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton, 1965-2010 and The Hungry Ear: Poems of Food and Drink. Young was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2016.

Young will be Poetry Editor of the New Yorker starting in November 2017.

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