YHC’s Annual Reece Lecture to Feature Distinguished Poet Kevin Young

Friday, March 21, 2014

Media Contact: LeAnn Waldroup
(706) 379-5310, klwaldroup@yhc.edu

Young Harris College’s Annual Reece Lecture to Feature Distinguished Poet Kevin Young

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – The annual Reece Lecture at Young Harris College will feature prize-winning poet Kevin Young on Thursday, April 3, at 6 p.m. in Wilson Lecture Hall of Goolsby Center on the YHC campus. A book signing will follow the lecture, and the free event is open to the public.

Widely regarded as one of the leading poets of his generation, Young finds meaning and inspiration in African American history and music, particularly the blues.

Young is the author of eight books of poetry and the editor of eight others. His nonfiction book, “The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness” won the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize and PEN Open Award, and was also a New York Times Notable Book for 2012 and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism.

He is the recipient of a 2012 American Book Award for “Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels” and winner of the Paterson Poetry Prize for “Jelly Roll: A Blues.” Young was also a finalist for the National Book Award and Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

Young was awarded a Stegner Fellowship in poetry at Stanford University, a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship and a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, and his work has appeared in numerous magazines and reviews including The New Yorker, New York Times Book Review and Paris Review.

Young received a bachelor of arts in English and American literature from Harvard University and a master of fine arts in creative writing from Brown University. He currently serves as the Atticus Haygood professor of creative writing and English and curator of Literary Collections and the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library at Emory University.

The Byron Herbert Reece Lecture Series was established in 1966 in memory of noted poet and YHC alumnus and former instructor Byron Herbert Reece, ’40. This lecture series honors his memory and contributions to the world of letters by bringing noted writers to campus. Past visiting writers include award-winning poet and author Enid Shomer, former Poet Laureate of the United States Billy Collins and former Poet Laureate of Georgia Bettie Sellers.

To learn more about Young, visit kevinyoungpoetry.com.
To learn more about Byron Herbert Reece, visit byronherbertreecesociety.org.
For more information about this event, call (706) 379-5192.
About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. The College currently has more than 1,100 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 226-bed residence hall that is expected to earn LEED certification, a 248-bed, apartment-style residential village and a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics, and in 2012, was invited to become the 14th member of the Peach Belt Conference. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2013-2014 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit yhc.edu.