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Kevin Young

Kevin Young is the author of six previous collections of poetry and editor of five others. Jelly Roll was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and won the Paterson Poetry Prize; For the Confederate Dead won the 2007 Quill Award for poetry. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a United States Artists James Baldwin Fellowship, Young is currently the Atticus Haygood Professor of Creative Writing and English and curator of Literary Collections and the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library at Emory University in Atlanta.


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Ardency
Written by Kevin Young
Knopf | Trade Paperback | September 2012
$19.95/23.95(Canada) | 978-0-375-71161-9 (0-375-71161-9)

Now in paperback, a haunting chorus of voices that tells the story of the captivity, education, language, hopes, dreams, and fight for freedom, of the African Americans abducted in the Amistad rebellion.

Based on the 1840 mutiny on board the slave ship Amistad, Ardency begins with "Buzzard," a sequence of poems told... Read more






Black Maria
Written by Kevin Young
Knopf | Trade Paperback | March 2007
$16.00/19.95(Canada) | 978-0-375-71050-6 (0-375-71050-7)

Kevin Young follows his acclaimed exploration of the blues in Jelly Roll with another playful riff on a vital art form, giving us a film noir in verse. Black Maria–the title is a slang term for a police van as well as a hearse–is a twisting tale of suspicion, passion, mystery... Read more






Blues Poems
Edited by Kevin Young
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | September 2003
$14.95/16.99(Canada) | 978-0-375-41458-9 (0-375-41458-4)

Born in African American work songs, field hollers, and the powerful legacy of the spirituals, the blues traveled the country from the Mississippi delta to “Sweet Home Chicago,” forming the backbone of American music. In this anthology–the first devoted exclusively to blues poems–a wide array of poets pay tribute to the... Read more






Book of Hours
Written by Kevin Young
Knopf | Hardcover | March 2014
$26.95/31.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-27224-9 (0-307-27224-9)

A decade after the sudden and tragic loss of his father, we witness the unfolding of grief. “In the night I brush / my teeth with a razor,” he tells us, in one of the collection’s piercing two-line poems. Capturing the strange silence of bereavement (“Not the storm / but the... Read more






Dear Darkness
Written by Kevin Young
Knopf | Trade Paperback | July 2010
$18.00/21.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-26442-8 (0-307-26442-4)

Delivered in Young’s classic bluesy tone, this powerful collection of poems about the American family, smoky Southern food, and the losses that time inevitably brings “bristles with life, nerve and, best of all, wit” (San Francisco Chronicle).
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For the Confederate Dead
Written by Kevin Young
Knopf | Trade Paperback | September 2008
$16.95/20.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-71141-1 (0-375-71141-4)

The award-winning “lively and excellent collection” (Los Angeles Times) about the South and its legacy, about African-American griefs and passages, from the author of Jelly Roll and Black Maria, a poet who has “set himself apart from his peers with his supple, variable, blues-inflected lines” (Publishers Weekly). Read more






Jazz Poems
Edited by Kevin Young
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | April 2006
$14.95/17.95(Canada) | 978-1-4000-4251-7 (1-4000-4251-8)

Ever since its first flowering, jazz has had a powerful influence on American poetry; this scintillating anthology offers a treasury of poems that are as varied and as vital as the music that inspired them.

From the Harlem Renaissance to the beat movement, from the poets of the New York school to... Read more






Jelly Roll
Written by Kevin Young
Knopf | Trade Paperback | February 2005
$18.00/20.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-70989-0 (0-375-70989-4)

In this jaunty and intimate collection, Kevin Young invents a language as shimmying and comic, as low-down and high-hearted, as the music from which he draws inspiration. With titles such as “Stride Piano,” “Gutbucket,” and “Can-Can,” these poems have the sharp completeness of vocalized songs and follow a classic blues trajectory... Read more






To Repel Ghosts
Written by Kevin Young
Knopf | Trade Paperback | September 2005
$20.00/24.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-71023-0 (0-375-71023-X)

Revamped from its original "double album" version of 350 pages into this unique "remix," To Repel Ghosts captures the dynamic work and brief life of the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.

In spare, jazzlike verse Kevin Young tells the story of Basquiat's rise from the mock prophet and graffiti artist SAMO to one of... Read more





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