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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  avery r young  

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Genre: Poetry

Audience: Adult;


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Illinois Connection

Young lives in Chicago. He graduated from Mather High School and Loyola University.

Biographical and Professional Information

avery r. young is best known as a poet, songwriter, performer, and multidisciplinary artist. He is also an award-winning teaching artist who mentors youth in creative writing and theater. He has been an Arts and Public Life Artist-in-Residence at the University of Chicago and has written curricula for Columbia College Chicago, Young Leeds Authors, True Star Magazine, and the Chicago Public Schools Art Integration Department. young's poems and essays on HIV awareness, misogyny, race records, and art integration have been published in The BreakBeat Poets, The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks, AIMPrint: New Relationships in the Arts and Learning, and other anthologies.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability: Yes.

Selected Titles At Your Library

neckbone: visual verses
ISBN: 0810140527. OCLC Number: 1078892294

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The blk alter of Avery R. Young's poetic vision makes its stunning debut in a multidisciplinary arsenal entitled, neckbone: visual verses. Young's years of supernatural fieldwork within the black experience and the gospel of his transitions between poetry, art and music, become the stitch, paint brush, metaphor, and narrative of arresting visual metaphors of childhood teachings and traumas, identity, and the personal reverence of pop culture's beauty and beast. A mastermind in a new language of poetry, that engages and challenges readers to see beyond the traditional spaces poems are shaped and exist, Young's neckbone extends tentacles in literature, art, and activism--redefining the collective and the sermon of the blk experience--Provided by publisher.