Visiting Writer Series: Al Young Reading

Al Young started his professional career as a musician. He sang and played guitar throughout the United States in the late 1950s and early 1960s, then took up writing. He published his first book of poetry, Dancing, in 1969; his first novel, Snakes, followed in 1970. Since then he has published four additional novels, eight books of poetry, and five memoirs, among them the highly acclaimed Mingus, Mingus, Two Memoirs (1991). In addition to a distinguished teaching career, Young served as Poet Laureate of California from 2005-2008.       

His honors include Wallace Stegner, Guggenheim, Fulbright, and National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships and the PEN-Library of Congress Award for Short Fiction, the PEN-USA Award for Non-Fiction, two American Book Awards, two Pushcart Prizes, two New York Times Notable Book of the year citations, an Arts Council Silicon Valley Fellowship, the Stephen Henderson Achievement Award for Poetry, Radio Pacifica’s KPFA Peace Prize, the Glenna Luschei Distinguished Poetry Fellowship, and the Richard Wright Award for Excellence in Literature. At its May 2009 commencement, Whittier College conferred on him its highest honor: the Doctor of  Humane Letters degree. On October 4, 2011 at the University of North Carolina’s Historic Players Theatre, Al Young received the 2011 Thomas Wolfe Prize.

Dates and Times

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Thu, 04/06/2017 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm Free, and Open to the Public Table Rock Room, Plemmons Student Union n/a

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