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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Jessie Johnson Young  

Pen Name: N/A

Genre: Poetry

Audience: Adult; Young Adult;

Born: 1912 in Scottsville, KY

Died: December 14, 2007 in Mason City, Illinois

-- Jessie Johnson Young on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Young lived in Mason City, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Jessie Johnson Young was widowed early and made the best of it, raising a young son (now a chemical engineer) by sewing for others and growing much of their own food. She says she chose to be happy and her poems and short stories, while not turning away from the unforgiving aspects of life, celebrate the moments that sustained her.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Young At Heart
ISBN: 1878044850

Mayhaven Pub. 2000

Poems and short stories. Some inspire, some entertain. All reflect common rural experiences.

Still...young at Heart: Poems & Stories
ISBN: 1932278214

Mayhaven Pub. 2006

A second book of poems (and a few short stories) reflecting the author's life in a small Illinois town.