Melanie Dunea

Kevin Young


Kevin Young is the Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and is widely regarded as one of the leading poets of his generation. Young is also poetry editor at The New Yorker. Young’s ten books of poetry include Blue Laws: Selected & Uncollected Poems 1995–2015, longlisted for the National Book Award, and Book of Hours. His newest book of poetry is Brown (Knopf, April 2018).

Young’s nonfiction book, Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News, is a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, as well as a winner of other awards.

Named University Distinguished Professor at Emory University, Young was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2016. His many other honors include a Stegner Fellowship in Poetry at Stanford University, a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, and an honorary doctorate from Beloit College.

Festival Years: 2010, 2020, 2021