Guest Editor
The Best American Poetry 2011

  Kevin YoungKevin Young was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1970. Most Way Home (William Morrow, 1995), his first book of poems, was selected for the National Poetry Series and won the Zacharis First Book Award from Ploughshares. In 2003 Jelly Roll: A Blues appeared from Knopf, was a finalist for both 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 and Dear Darkness won a 2009 Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Award in poetry. His most recent book is Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels (Knopf, 2011). Young has edited The Art of Losing: Poems of Grief and Healing, an anthology of contemporary elegies (Bloomsbury USA, 2010), as well as collections of Jazz Poems and Blues Poems, a selected edition of John Berryman’s poems for the Library of America’s American Poets Project, and Giant Steps: The New Generation of African American Writers (HarperCollins, 2000). His book The Grey Album won the 2010 Graywolf Nonfiction Prize and is forthcoming in spring 2012. A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the USA James Baldwin Fellowship, he is 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, Georgia.

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