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About the Author

KEVIN YOUNG is the Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and was recently named poetry editor for The New Yorker. He is the author of eleven books of poetry and prose, including Blue Laws: Selected & Uncollected Poems 1995-2015, longlisted for the National Book Award; and Book of Hours, a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and winner of the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets. His collection Jelly Roll: a blues was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Poetry. His nonfiction book The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness won the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize and the PEN Open Book Award, and was a New York Times Notable Book and a finalist for the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism. He is the editor of eight other collections, the author of a forthcoming nonfiction book on the rise of hoaxes and fake news in American life, and was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Science in Emory University. He was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2016.

KEVIN YOUNG is available for select speaking engagements. To inquire about a possible appearance, please contact Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau at or visit 

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