University of Richmond

University of Richmond Writers Series to continue with American poet and critic Kevin Young

October 7, 2009

Kevin Young, a finalist for the National Book Award, will read as part of the University of Richmond¿s Writers Series, Oct. 27, 7 p.m., Weinstein Hall, Brown-Alley Room. The annual series is designed to expose students and the university community to living writers.

Young finds meaning and inspiration in African-American music and the history of Black America. He was a 1993 National Poetry Series winner for ¿Most Way Home.¿ His book, ¿Jelly Roll: A Blues,¿ was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Award. He is a professor of poetry at Emory University.

A conversation with novelist Colson Whitehead, the university¿s writer-in-residence this semester, will follow Young¿s reading.

All programs in the Writers Series are free and open to the public. For more information, call 804-289-8287. For directions to campus, visit