Poets Kevin Young and Jericho Brown Give Free Reading at Emory University

Kevin Young and Jericho Brown

October 7, 2014

Poets and Emory University faculty Kevin Young and Jericho Brown deliver the 2014 Phillis Wheatley Reading at Emory, the inaugural event in the 2014-2015 Creative Writing Reading Series. Young and Brown will give a free reading on Friday, October 17 at 6 p.m. in the Jones Room of the Woodruff Library with a reception and book signing to follow.

Kevin Young is Atticus Haygood Professor of Creative Writing and English and curator of Literary Collections and the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library, MARBL at Emory University. He has published eight books of poetry and edited seven other collections. His first book, ¿Most Way Home¿ was selected for the National Poetry Series by Lucille Clifton, and his fifth collection, ¿For the Confederate Dead,¿ won the 2007 Quilll Award. His nonfiction book ¿The Grey Album: Music, Shadows, Lies,¿ published in 2012, won the Graywolf Nonfiction Prize. Young is the recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship, NEA Literature Fellow in Poetry, and a Unites States Artists James Baldwin Fellow. His newest collection, ¿Book of Hours,¿ was published in March 2014.

Jericho Brown is the recipient of fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and Harvard University and the National Endowment for the Arts. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in ¿The Nation,¿ ¿The New Yorker,¿ ¿New Republic,¿ and ¿The Best American Poetry.¿ His first book, ¿Please,¿ won the American Book Award. His second book, ¿The New Testament,¿ was published by Copper Canyon Press.

The Phillis Wheatley Reading is part of the Emory University Creative Writing Program Reading Series, bringing international writers to the Emory and Atlanta community. All events are free and open to the public. For additional information and a complete list of this year¿s readers, visit arts.emory.edu.


Creative Writing Reading Series
The undergraduate Creative Writing Program at Emory celebrates its 24th anniversary this year. Students approach the study of literature through their own creative writing, as well as by the more traditional method of critical analysis and reading. Former US Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, the Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing, directs the program.