Kevin Young

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Kevin Young often finds meaning and inspiration for his poetry in African American music, particularly the blues. He is the author of thirteen books of poetry and prose, including Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels and Dear Darkness. His collection Book of Hours is a work of both grief and birth, where he writes, "What good / are wishes if they aren't / used up?"

He is the editor of five volumes, including 2010’s The Art of Losing: Poems of Grief and Healing. His book The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness combines essay, cultural criticism, and lyrical chorus. Young’s newest book, Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News (Graywolf Press, 2017), won the 2018 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Nonfiction.

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