Al Young, 3rd Annual ODU Literary Festival


Al Young

Document Type

Featured Participant

Festival Date



Batten Arts and Letters Building

Author/Artist Bio

Born in Ocean Springs, Miss., Al Young grew up in the South and Midwest. Educated at the universities of Michigan and California, he has worked as a musician, disc jockey, lab aide, warehouseman, railroad clerk, linguistic consultant, editor, small-press publisher, and screenwriter. He has received half-a-dozen awards and published three books of poems and four novels. With Ishmael Reed he has edited two anthologies. He has also worked on five screenplays. Young's fiction and poetry are widely anthologized and have been translated into four languages. A member of the board of directors of the Associated Writing Programs, he lives near San Francisco with his wife and their young son.


Young performed a poetry reading with Cynthia MacDonald on Thursday, October 2nd, 1980 at 8:30 p.m.


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