Kevin Young


Giant Steps: The New Generation of African-American Writers

  • 2000
  • Harper Perennial
  • Paperback
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Standing at the crossroads of American literature and the current African American renaissance, Giant Steps presents a vibrant and wonderfully diverse collection of young black writing. Through generous selections of award-winning poetry, fiction, and nonfiction by writers born after 1960, this groundbreaking anthology welcomes readers into the future of African American writing.

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Young has skillfully selected poetry, fiction, and essays by more than two dozen African American authors, all younger than 40...In addition to their youth, the authors often share common themes, as pointed out by Young in his succinct introduction, such as an interest in music, pop culture, and race. Some of the most effective poems celebrate the courageous defiance of black icons...Young's multigenre anthology is a significant contribution to the literature. Library Journal