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Noted poet to read from new publication at Washburn University

Kevin Young, former Topeka resident and one of the preeminent poets of his generation, will read from his newest collection, “Book of Hours,” at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 24 in the Kansas Room of the Memorial Union at Washburn University.  The event is free and open to the public.

Young wrote his first poem as a 7th-grader in a summer writing class at Washburn taught by Tom Averill; today he is a National Book Award finalist with nine titles to his credit. His other books include “Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels,” which won the American Book Award, “Jelly Roll: A Blues,” which received the Paterson Poetry Prize and “The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness,” which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism.  

He holds degrees from Harvard and Brown universities and is the Atticus Haygood Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory University, where he curates the internationally famous Raymond Danowski Poetry Library.

Prior to his Washburn visit, Young will spend two days at his alma mater, Topeka West High  School, as the Mike Printz Author-in-Residence.

Following the reading, Young’s books will be available for purchase.

This event is sponsored by the multicultural affairs office and the English department at Washburn. For more information about the event, contact Eric McHenry at 785-670-1400 or For more information about Kevin Young, visit


Contact: Dena Anson, university relations, 785.670.2154