"Young is a relaxed lyricist, precise without being precious, and he expresses enormous feeling with great economy. He's a natural storyteller." Harper's Magazine

News/Reviews

2018

  • Kevin takes part in PBS's The Great American Read, including an appearnce in the opening sequence (September 2019).
  • The New York Times Book Review includes Bunk in Paperback Row: "this timely history delves into America’s enduring fascination with the apocryphal" (September 2018).
  • The New Inquiry reviews Bunk, stating that Young "succeeds in tracking how the genre [of hoaxing] changes over time" (September 2018).
  • Vulture includes Bunk in its round-up of the best new paperbacks, calling it "an endlessly fascinating fact-check on everything we think we know about integrity" (September 2018).
  • Grayolf publishes the paperback edition of Bunk (September 2018).
  • Kevin is interviewed by the New York Times about the mystery surrounding Langston Hughes's actual birth year (August 2018).
  • The New York Times interviews Kevin about the Schomburg Center's acquisition of the original manuscript of The Autobiography of Malcolm X, as well as an unpublished chapter titled "The Negro" (July 2018).
  • The Associated Press, the Guardian, and CNN cover the Schomburg Center's acquisition of materials related to The Autobiography of Malcolm X (July 2018).
  • Kevin is interviewed on PBS NewsHour (July 2018).
  • Bunk is reviewed by the New York Review of Books: "Young writes from the perspective of his vocation as a poet and with the commitment to what can be understood as poetic truth" (print only; July 2018).
  • Kevin interviews poets Ada Limón and Natalie Diaz for a new online series at the New Yorker featuring long-form poetry (May 2018).
  • New York Times-bestselling author Celeste Ng tells the Washington Post that she's planning to read Bunk this summer, stating that it "looks fascinating" (May 2018).
  • The Harvard Gazette spotlights Kevin's appearance as the featured poet of the 228th Phi Beta Kappa literary exercises (May 2018).
  • The Kenyon Review assesses Bunk, stating that it has a "fountain of humor and knowledge, wit and insight" (May 2018).
  • Kevin is interviewed on WNYC's The Brian Lehrer Show (May 2018).
  • Trevor Noah interviews Kevin on The Daily Show (April 2019).
  • Actress Loretta Devine reads Kevin's poem "Three Is the Magic Number" from Brown for the New York Times' "Read T a Poem" series (April 2018).
  • Brown is a New York Times Editors' Choice selection (April 2018).
  • The New York Times Book Review gives a rave review to Brown, calling it "deeply and lovingly personal" (April 2018).
  • The Washington Post praises Brown, stating that Kevin's "virtuosity is on display as he illustrates the intersections between place and the past, the individual and the collective consciousness” (April 2018).
  • Kevin and three other contemporary poets discuss poetry on NPR's 1A (April 2018).
  • NPR's Morning Edition interviews Kevin (April 2018).
  • The Village Voice profiles Kevin (April 2018).
  • Dwight Garner of the New York Times praises Brown, saying of Kevin, "Keeping up with him is like trying to keep up with Bob Dylan or Prince in their primes. Even the bootlegs have bootlegs" (April 2018).
  • "Kevin Young's Brown poems are not only beautiful, but essential"; Entertainment Weekly interviews Kevin about Brown (April 2018).
  • The Wichita Eagle spotlights Kevin in advance of his local reading (April 2018).
  • "Nightstick [A Mural for Michael Brown]" is the Poem of the Day at Poets.org (April 2018).
  • Library Journal reviews Brown, calling it "a richly envisioned memoir in verse offering a wide-ranging yet intimate account of growing up in a country that has yet to live up to its promises" (April 2018).
  • The Los Angeles Times covers the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award winners (April 2018).
  • Bunk wins the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in Nonfiction (March 2018).
  • Booklist gives Brown a starred review: "Thrillingly quick-footed, Young’s poems are also formally intricate and fully loaded with history, protest, and emotion" (March 2018).
  • AV Club recomends Bunk, calling it "riveting, troubling, and timely material" (March 2018).
  • Kevin is interviewed on Minnesota Public Radio (March 2018).
  • Kevin is interviewed on CBC's "Writers & Company" (March 2018).
  • The Washington Post, in an article on the the National Book Critics Circle finalists in criticism, praises Bunk, calling it "a work of extraordinary gravity and scope" (March 2018).
  • In Literary Hub's "If They Gave Oscars to Books" article, Kevin is nominated for "Male Literary Citizen (Actor in a Leading Role)" and Bunk is nominated for "Best Work of Nonfiction (Documentary—Feature)" (March 2018).
  • Kevin, former curator of the Danowski library at Emory, speaks to the New York Times for Raymond Danowski's obituary (March 2018).
  • Booklist gives Brown a starred review, stating "thrillingly quick-footed, Young’s poems are . . . formally intricate and fully loaded with history, protest, and emotion" (print only; February 2018).
  • Kevin, photgraphed at PEN America's literary awards gala, appears in the Sunday New York Times (February 2018). 
  • Critic Tess Taylor offers an appreciation of Bunk in Literary Hub in advance of the NBCC Awards (February 2018).
  • The Paris Review recommends Bunk, calling Kevin "a pure essayist in the vein of Emerson and Montaigne" (February 2018).
  • Bunk is a finalist for the $75,000 PEN/Jean Stein Book Award (January 2018).
  • Bunk is a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award (January 2018).
  • O, The Oprah Magazine reviews Bunk, calling it "fascinating, dense, and hyper-referential . . . [a] sweeping view of our homegrown hokum" (January 2018).
  • PBS announces "The Great American Read," an 8-episode documentary series that features Kevin on its literary advisory panel (January 2018).
  • The Minneapolis Star-Tribune spotlights Kevin's March 19 event with Marlon James at the Loft Literary Center (January 2018).
  • Kevin is interviewed on NPR's "It's Been a Minute" (January 2018)
  • The Dallas Morning News writes about Bunk in the age of Trump's fake news (January 2018).
  • The Rumpus interviews Kevin (January 2018).

2017

  • Bunk is ranked #7 out of 36 in Book Scrolling's aggregate of the "Best Nonfiction Books," compiled from 40 "best of" year-end lists (December 2017).
  • WBUR "Radio Boston" interviews Kevin (December 2017).
  • History names Bunk a "Best Book of 2017" (December 2017).
  • The Atlantic names Bunk one of the "Best Books We Read in 2017" (December 2017).
  • BuzzFeed includes Bunk in its list of the "19 Best Nonfiction Books of 2017" (December 2017).
  • BOMB interviews Kevin (December 2017).
  • The Atlanta Journal-Constitution calls Bunk one of the twelve "Best Southern books of 2017" (December 2017).
  • Literary Hub deems Bunk one of the "Best Reviewed Books of 2017: History & Politics" (December 2017).
  • Kevin is interviewed on Book Lust with Nancy Pearl (December 2017).
  • Electric Literature includes Bunk in its list of the "15 Best Nonfiction Books of 2017" (December 2017).
  • Vogue selects Bunk as one of the "Best Books We Read All Year" (December 2017).
  • Bunk is a New York Times Book Review "Editors' Choice" selection (December 2017).
  • The Portland Mercury calls Bunk "a thoroughly researched and consistently illuminating book of cultural criticism."
  • The Dallas Morning News includes Bunk in their "10 favorite books of 2017" (December 2017).
  • The Tampa Bay Times deems Bunk "always fascinating" and "a sweeping, erudite look" at race (Dcember 2017).
  • Smithsonian declares Bunk one of the "Ten Best History Books of 2017" (December 2017).
  • Kevin is interviewed on the B&N Podcast (December 2017).
  • WGBH "Boston Public Radio" interviews Kevin (December 2017).
  • Nylon includes Bunk in their "Favorite Nonfiction Books of 2017" (December 2017).
  • Kevin participates in The Millions' "Year in Reading" series (December 2017).
  • NPR names Bunk one of the best books of 2017 (December 2017).
  • NPR "On the Media" host Brooke Gladstone speaks at length with Kevin (December 2017).
  • Salon interviews Kevin (December 2017).
  • Bookforum deems Bunk a "brilliant and definitive account" and adds that Kevin "tells his stories beautifully" (December 2017; print only).
  • KCRW "Press Play" interviews Kevin (November 2017).
  • KUOW "The Record" interviews Kevin (November 2017).
  • The Los Angles Times calls Bunk one of the "Best Books of 2017" (November 2017).
  • Slate praises Bunk, calling it "that rare thing, a trove of fresh and persuasive insights" (November 2017).
  • Entertainment Weekly includes Bunk in their Must List, calling the book "a sweeping, pointed, and utterly fascinating study on the rise of hoaxes" (November 2017; print only).
  • The Washington Post says of Bunk, "There’s so much to enjoy and learn from in this encyclopedic anatomy of American imposture and chicanery" (November 2017).
  • Newsday interviews Kevin (November 2017).
  • The Seattle Times interviews Kevin (November 2017).
  • Bunk is selected as a New York Times Notable Book (November 2017).
  • Slate interviews Kevin about Bunk and the U.S.'s long history with hoaxes (November 2017).
  • Kevin visits the set of BuzzFeed's "AM to DM" to talk about Bunk (November 2017).
  • The NYPL Podcast broadcasts Kevin's launch event at the Schomburg Center for Reasearch in Black Culture (November 2017).
  • The Atlanta Journal-Constitution calls Bunk a "thrilling fun house at the state fair one wishes to never exit" (November 2017).
  • Kevin is inteviewed on PBS's "Book View Now" while at the Miami Book Fair (November 2017).
  • Slate's "Trumpcast" interviews Kevin about Bunk (November 2017).
  • Paste calls Bunk a "worthy and exhaustingly researched read" and highlights "five of the craziest hoaxes" from the book (November 2017).
  • Guernica interviews Kevin about "the power and politics of hoaxes" (November 2017).
  • Tracy K. Smith joins Kevin for his debut hosting of the New Yorker Poetry Podcast (November 2017).
  • Salon interviews Kevin for its "Author Questionnaire" series (November 2017).
  • Kevin is interviewed on WNYC's "Brian Lehrer Show" (November 2017).
  • In the New York Times Book Review, Jonathan Lethem praises Bunk as an "enthralling and essential new study of our collective American love affair with pernicious and intractable moonshine" (Novembr 2017).
  • The Chicago Tribune calls Bunk a "groundbreaking study of spectacles and spectacular falsehoods" and adds, "this book could scarcely be more timely or useful" (November 2017).
  • The Millions says of Bunk, "Young might just have written the most important book this year" (November 2017).
  • NPR "All Things Considered" host Michel Martin talks with Kevin about Bunk (November 2017).
  • Kevin is given the feature profile treatment in the Boston Globe (November 2017).
  • The New Yorker features a third excerpt from Bunk (November 2017).
  • The L.A. Times calls Bunk "a wild, incisive, exhilarating tour through Western culture’s sideshows and dark corners" (November 2017).
  • The Minneapolis Star-Tribune calls Bunk "compelling" and "gripping" (November 2017).
  • "Can Kevin Young Make Poetry Matter Again?" A lenthy profile of Kevin in Esquire (November 2017).
  • The New York Times profiles Kevin one week before the publication of Bunk (November 2017).
  • Newsweek includes Bunk in its round-up of "14 Nonfiction Books You'll Want to Read This Fall" (November 2017).
  • Kevin reviews Te-Nehisi Coates's We Were Eight Years in Power for the New York Times Book Review (November 2017).
  • Bunk is included in November recommended reading lists by the BBC, Lit Hub, and The Millions (November 2017).
  • Poets & Writers editors discuss their cover story on Kevin on the Ampersand podcast (November 2017). 
  • The New Yorker features a second excerpt from Bunk (October 2017).
  • Book of Hours is announced as an NEA Big Read selection (October 2017).
  • The New Yorker features an excerpt from Bunk (October 2017).
  • Harvard Magazine calls Bunk "a consistently incisive look at the nature of American imposture and epistemology itself" (October 2017).
  • Publishers Weekly interviews Kevin for its Texas Book Festival supplement (October 2017).
  • Kevin graces the cover of the November/December issue of Poets & Writers (October 2017).
  • The Daily Tar Heel interviews Kevin upon receiving the Thomas Wolfe Award (October 2017).
  • Kevin receives the Thomas Wolfe Prize from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (October 2017).
  • Bunk is longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence (September 2017).
  • Bunk makes the longlist for the National Book Award in Nonfiction (September 2017).
  • Publishers Weekly interviews Kevin (subscription required; September 2017).
  • Library Journal gives Bunk a starred review, stating that it "offers a fascinating view of the impact of fraud on truth" (September 2017).
  • The Boston Globe includes Bunk in its feature on "19 must-read books for fall" (September 2017).
  • The Chicago Tribune interviews Kevin for its Fall arts preview (September 2017).
  • In a feature on "25 must-read books for fall," the Chicago Tribune spotlights Bunk, calling it an "all too timely" work (September 2017).
  • Publishers Weekly gives a starred review to Bunk, stating that Kevin "astutely declares the hoax a frequent metaphor for a ‘deep-seated cultural wish’ that confirms prejudicial ideas and stereotypes" (August 2017).
  • Kirkus Reviews calls Bunk "a fascinating, well-researched look at the many ways Americans hoodwink each other, often about race" (August 2017).
  • Kevin spoke with NBC News about Moonlight director Barry Jenkins's adaptation of James Baldwin's If Beale Street Could Talk (July 2017).
  • Kevin appeared on CBS This Morning to talk about James Baldwin and the Schomburg Center's collection of Baldwin's papers (July 2017).
  • C-SPAN Book TV interviews Kevin about Bunk (June 2017).
  • The Topeka Capital-Journal spotlights Kevin's roots in Topeka, Kansas, where Kevin gave the keynote speech honoring Gwendolyn Brooks's 100th birthday (June 2017).
  • The New York Times interviews Kevin about the Schomburg Center's acquisition of Sonny Rollins's jazz archive (May 2017).
  • Kirkus Reviews mentions Kevin's contribution to the anthology Tales of Two Americas (May 2017).
  • Kevin chats with The Potlikker Papers author John T. Edge on Prince St. podcast (May 2017).
  • NPR All Things Considered interviews Kevin about the Schomburg Center's acquisition of James Baldwin's papers (April 2017).
  • The New York Times breaks the story on the Schomburg Center's acquisition of James Baldwin's archive (April 2017).
  • The New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and the Association of Writers & Writing Programs announce Kevin's forthcoming position as Poetry Editor at the New Yorker (March 2017).
  • Kevin was a guest on CUNY TV's Black in America (March 2017).
  • Library Journal interviewed Kevin about his work at the Schomburg Center (March 2017).
  • Kevin is one of four writers to be inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame later this year (February 2017).
  • Kevin was interviewed on ABC's Here and Now (February 2017).
  • PBS interviewed Kevin during the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (February 2017).
  • The New York Daily News previews the Schomburg Center's new Black Power! exhibition (February 2017).
  • The New York Daily News interviews Kevin for their story on the Schomburg Center's new designation as a National Historic Landmark (February 2017).
  • The New York Times includes the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in their coverage of Black History Month (February 2017).
  • The New York Times opened their story on the 24 new National Historical Landmarks with a photo and mention of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (January 2017).
  • The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture has been designated a National Historic Landmark (January 2017).

2016

  • Colson Whitehead picks Blue Laws as one of his favorite books of 2016 for Amazon's literary blog Omnivoracious (December 2016).
  • Blue Laws is named one of the New York Times' 10 "Best Poetry of 2016" titles (December 2016).
  • The New Yorker's Year in Poems includes Kevin's poem "Money Road" (December 2016).
  • The Kansas City Star calls Blue Laws "essential reading about the American experience from Colonial times to the present" (December 2016).
  • Colson Whitehead, author of The Underground Railroad, picks Blue Laws as his favorite book of the year in Publisher's Weekly (December 2016).
  • Blue Laws is included in Boston Globe's "Best Books of 2016" (December 2016).
  • Blue Laws is named one of the five "Best Poetry Collections of 2016" by the Washington Post (November 2016).
  • Kevin was interviewed for the New York Times article "The Art of Condolence" (October 2016).
  • Kevin was nominated and named a member of The Fellowship of Southern Writers (September 2016).
  • Blue Laws: Selected & Uncollected Poems 1995-2015 is longlisted for the National Book Award prize in poetry (September 2016).
  • Bustle includes Blue Laws: Selected & Uncollected Poems 1995-2015 in their list "12 New Must-Read Poetry Collections by Poets of Color" (September 2016).
  • For the Strand Bookstore, Colson Whitehead picks his favorite 50 books, including Kevin's Blue Laws (August 2016).
  • New York Times reviewer Dwight Garner singles out Kevin's essay as "dazzling" in his review of Jesmyn Ward's anthology The Fire This Time (August 2016).
  • The National Endowment for the Arts selects Book of Hours for its Big Reads program (August 2016).
  • The New York Public Library names Kevin the new director of the Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture (August 2016).
  • The Amsterdam News shares word of Kevin's new appointment as director of the Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture (August 2016).
  • The Georgia Center for the Book includes Blue Laws as one of 24 titles for the "2016 Books All Georgians Should Read" list (August 2016).
  • Kevin's article on "inveterate hoaxer" Clark Rockefeller appears in Bookforum (June 2016).
  • The New Yorker features Kevin's essay on childhood reading (June 2016). 
  • Kevin pays homage to Prince in two poems in the New Yorker (May 2016).
  • The New York Times Book Review applauds Blue Laws, saying "The formal economy of Young's best work attunes us to the grammar of living and sorrow alike" (April 2016).
  • Kevin is one of six literary writers inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (April 2016).
  • The Washington Post includes Kevin's poem "Commencement" as one of ten poems beautifully animated to celebrate the 20th anniversary of National Poetry Month (April 2016).
  • Mary-Louise Parker praises Kevin's work in O, The Oprah Magazine, calling Blue Laws "a wealth of poems that transport the reader and explode the form" (April 2016).
  • Kevin talks poetry, taste, and clothing with Billy Reid as part of their "Well Worn" series (April 2016).
  • Kevin interviews Mary-Louise Parker at the Chigago Humanities Festival (April 2016).
  • Kevin reads with Pulitzer Prize-winner Gregory Pardlo at the Arkansas Literary Festival (April 2016).
  • Kevin discusses his writing process and shows off his studio in T: The New York Times Style Magazine (April 2016).
  • Pianist Bruce Levingston and baritone Justin Hopkins perform Kevin's oratorio Repast at Carnegie Hall (April 2016).
  • The New York Times quotes Kevin in an article on Emory's acquisition of David Walker's Appeal to the Colored Citizens of the World (March 2016).
  • The Oxford American sings the praises of Kevin's "Money Road" in the New Yorker (February 2016).
  • Harvard Magazine features a lengthy profile of The Dark Room Collective (March/April 2016).
  • Craig Morgan Teicher calls Kevin "one of the poetry stars of his generation" in a Los Angeles Times review (February 2016).
  • The Root includes Blue Laws in its list of "Books by Black Authors to Look Forward to in 2016" (February 2016).
  • Mary-Louise Parker interviews Kevin at Greenlight Bookstore (February 2016).
  • The New Yorker publishes Kevin's new poem for Emmett Till, "Money Road" (February 2016).
  • The Atlanta Journal-Constitution features a lengthy profile of Kevin (February 2016).
  • The Washington Post names Blue Laws one of the "Best Poetry Books for February" (February 2016).
  • Jonathan Sturgeon reviews Blue Laws in Flavorwire (February 2016).
  • Christine Smallwood praises Blue Laws in Harper's Magazine (February 2016).
  • Flavorwire calls Blue Laws "one of the most important books of the year in any category." (January 2016).

2015

  • Kevin's "Repast" sequence wins the Emily Clark Balch Award for Poetry from the Virginia Quarterly Review (December 2015).
  • Kevin interviews Mary-Louise Parker at the Brooklyn Historical Society (November 2015).
  • Prune chef/owner Gabrielle Hamilton and Kevin discuss food and poetry at the New York Public Library (November 2015).
  • Garden & Gun features Kevin as one of "four standout citizens building a better Atlanta" (October/November 2015).
  • The New York Times reports on Emory's acquisition of rare Jack Kerouac material and includes a quote from Kevin, the library's curator of literary collections (October 2015).
  • Book of Hours wins the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets (September 2015).
  • Carolyn Forché and Kevin read in a joint event at AWP (April 2015).
  • Kevin is bestowed with the Donald Justice Award from The Fellowship of Southern Writers (April 2015).
  • Book of Hours is a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award (February 2015).

2014

2013

  • Medium features Kevin on "You Are What You Read" (December 2013).
  • Kevin wins the PEN Open Book Award for The Grey Album (October 2013).
  • National Book Critics Circle names The Grey Album as a finalist for Award in Criticism (Fall 2013).
  • Denise Duhamel selects "Wintering" for Best American Poetry 2013 (Fall 2013).
  • The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton wins the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award (2013).

2012

2010

  • Amy Gerstler selects "Lime Light Blues" for Best American Poetry 2010 (Fall 2010).
  • Kevin discusses The Art of Losing on NPR's Morning Edition (April 2010).
  • NPR's Here and Now talks with Kevin about The Art of Losing (April 2010).
  • Irish National Radio features The Art of Losing: Poems of Grief and Healing (April 2010).

2009

2008

  • NPR's All Things Considered includes Dear Darkness in their "Best Books of 2008" (December 2008).
  • The Poetry Center awards For the Confederate Dead the Paterson Poetry Prize for Sustained Literary Achievement (2008).
  • Charles Wright selects "From The Book of Hours" for Best American Poetry 2008 (Fall 2008).
  • Kevin reads several poems at the Key West Literary Seminar (September 2008).

2007

2005

2004

2003

1999-2001

  • Village Voice names Kevin a Writer on the Verge in their annual selection of ten up-and-coming authors (May 2001).
  • Kevin named one of five finalists for the James Laughlin Prize by the Academy of American Poets (August 2000).
  • NPR's All Things Considered interviews poet Catherine Bowman about Kevin's first collection, Most Way Home (February 1999).