Al Young

Novelist, Author

1939 –

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Who is Al Young?

Al Young is an American poet, novelist, essayist, screenwriter, and professor. On May 15, 2005 he was named Poet Laureate of California by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. In appointing Young as Poet Laureate, the Governor praised him: "He is an educator and a man with a passion for the Arts. His remarkable talent and sense of mission to bring poetry into the lives of Californians is an inspiration." Muriel Johnson, Director of the California Arts Council declared: "Like jazz, Al Young is an original American voice." Young’s many books include novels, collections of poetry, essays, and memoirs. His work has appeared in literary journals and magazines including Paris Review, Ploughshares, Essence, The New York Times, Chicago Review, Seattle Review, Brilliant Corners: A Journal of Jazz & Literature, Chelsea, Rolling Stone, Gathering of the Tribes, and in anthologies including the Norton Anthology of African American Literature, and the Oxford Anthology of African American Literature.

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Born
May 31, 1939
Ocean Springs
Also known as
  • Young, Al
Ethnicity
  • African American
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • University of Michigan
  • University of California, Berkeley
Lived in
  • Mississippi
  • San Francisco Bay Area

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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