June 21, 2009

Dean Young at BookWoman, 6/27

Calling all readers in the Austin area: Dean Young and Abe Louise Young (no relation) will be giving a reading at BookWoman on July 27 at 7 p.m. Admission is free, and cupcakes will be provided.

From the press release:

Dean Young's books of poems include Primitive Mentor (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2008); Embryoyo (McSweeney's, 2007); Ready-Made Bouquet (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2005); Elegy on Toy Piano (2005), a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; Skid (2002), a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Prize ; First Course in Turbulence (1999); Strike Anywhere (University Press of Colorado, 1995), which won the Colorado Poetry Prize; Beloved Infidel (Wesleyan, 1992); and Design with X (1988).

About Dean Young, the poet Charles Simic has said, "Although his work comes out of the poetries of Kenneth Koch , John Ashbery and Frank O'Hara and James Tate , Young has his own voice. The language, the invention, the imagination and the sheer fun of his poems is astounding. It's not all dazzle either. The poems are also moving. This man reminds us that there is nothing more serious than a joke." Dean Young is currently the William Livingston Chair of Poetry at the University of Texas, in Austin.


Emerging poet Abe Louise Young was born in New Orleans, LA, and received an M.F.A. from the James Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin in 2005. She teaches writing workshops for teenagers and adults, and trains public school teachers to incorporate creative writing across the curriculum. She's been a visiting poet-in-residence at schools from Alaska to Massachusetts. She edited a classroom anthology, Hip Deep: Opinion, Essays, and Vision from American Teenagers, and is author of one collection of poems, Little Big Bang, which is a currently a finalist for the Miller Williams Prize.

BookWoman is located at 5501 N. Lamar, 78701.

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