Kevin Young


Calhoun to host 13th annual Writers’ Conference; nationally-recognized Poet Kevin Young to be featured artist

March 1, 2019

Decatur, AL — Calhoun Community College today announced that the college will host its 13th Annual Writers’ Conference, Thursday, March 7, 2019. Featured writer for this year’s event is Kevin Young, New Yorker Magazine poetry editor, author and poet. Young also currently serves as director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and is widely regarded as one of the leading poets of his generation.

An editor, essayist, and curator, Young’s books of poetry include: Blue Laws: Selected & Uncollected Poems 1995-2015 (Knopf, 2016), longlisted for the National Book Award; Book of Hours (Knopf, 2014); Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels (Knopf, 2011), winner of an American Book Award; Dear Darkness (Knopf, 2008); For the Confederate Dead (Knopf, 2007); Black Maria (Knopf, 2005); To Repel Ghosts (“Remix,” Knopf, 2005); Jelly Roll: a blues (Knopf, 2003), a finalist for the National Book Award and Los Angeles Times Book Prize and winner of the Paterson Poetry Prize; and Most Way Home (William Morrow, 1995), winner of the National Poetry Series and the Zacharis First Book Award. His newest book of poetry is Brown (Knopf, April 2018).

As in past years, the free event will be held in two sessions. The first presentation will be held at the Advanced Technology Center (ATC) on the Decatur campus, beginning at 11:00 a.m. The second session will be hosted at 7:00 p.m. at the Alabama Center for the Arts (ACA), located in downtown Decatur.

For those interested in meeting Young, a ticketed Meet and Greet event will be held on March 7, from 5:45 – 6:45 pm at the Carnegie Visual Arts Center, located at 207 Church Street, NE in Decatur, where he will also sign copies of his newest book of poetry, Brown. Tickets are available for the Meet & Greet online at or on Calhoun’s website under Events.

For more information on the Writers Conference, visit the Calhoun website at

Kevin Young