This video recently surfaced of former Ploughshares guest-editor Kevin Young reading at the 2008 Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival.
To date, Kevin Young has published five collections of poetry including Most Way Home (1995), For the Confederate Dead (2007), and Dear Darkness: Poems (2008). He has also edited four anthologies. Most Way Home was selected by Lucille Clifton for the National Poetry Series, and later won Ploughshares’s John C. Zacharis First Book Award. He’s won numerous other honors for his writing, including the Paterson Poetry Prize and a Guggenheim fellowship, and he’s been named a finalist for The Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the James Laughlin Award, and the National Book Award. Since his third book, his publisher has been Knopf, the most prestigious house in the country. Young is currently curator for the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library at Emory University, and is finishing two more books of poetry.
Young was the guest editor of the Spring 2006 issue of Ploughshares. Of the issue, he says, “The works here are old-fashioned and newfangled, engaged and disinterested, devoted and irreverent. With them, even elegies are songs of praise.”
View the Spring 2006 issue guest-edited by Kevin Young