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Kevin Young, poet and poetry editor for The New Yorker, is the 2019 Writer-in-Residence at CalArts

Kevin Young, poet and poetry editor for The New Yorker, is the 2019 Writer-in-Residence at CalArts

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January 7, 2018--Valencia, CA--Kevin Young, poet and poetry editor for The New Yorker, is the 2019 Writer-in-Residence at CalArts 

Kevin Young has been selected as the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) 2019 Katie Jacobson Writer-in-Residence. Young will conduct workshops with CalArts students in the MFA Creative Writing Program and present public readings, which will be held at CalArts on February 7 at 7 pm and at REDCAT in Downtown Los Angeles on February 8 at 8:30 pm.

Young is the poetry editor at The New Yorker and the director of the New York Public Library's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem. Harper’s Magazine has described the tireless poet, who has published thirteen collections of poetry, as “a relaxed lyricist, precise without being precious, and he expresses enormous feeling with great economy. He's a natural storyteller.”

"We’re thrilled to have Kevin Young come to CalArts and REDCAT as our 2019 Katie Jacobson Writer in Residence,” said Tisa Bryant, director of CalArts’ MFA Creative Writing Program. “As an award-winning poet, essayist, collector, editor, and director of the Schomburg Center, the moves Kevin has made in the arts exemplify the kind of creative life we celebrate in our program, explored not on a single track, but through interrelated fields of inquiry, experimentation and play. His work is inventive, incisive, and crucial to the conversation we're always having about life, art, and how we make the culture we live in.”

Brown, Young’s most recent book of poetry, was called “a universal shout—political in the best, most visceral way—while remaining at the same time deeply and lovingly personal” by the New York Times. The Times also hailed Young’s Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts and Fake News as “enthralling, essential history.” Published in 2017 to wide critical acclaim, Bunk received the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in Nonfiction and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award.

 In Bunk, Young explores the connection of hoax to legitimacy, power, and race. During his research for the book, he found racism to be a central player in the history of false information. Bryant continued, “Kevin's visit comes at the right time, as we puzzle through the spectacular events of this particular moment."

A vital feature of the CalArts MFA Creative Writing Program, the Katie Jacobson Writer-in-Residence Program is designed to bring a prestigious writer to campus for a public reading, a classroom visit, and to meet with students in one-to-one sessions. The Writer-in-Residence Program offers a unique opportunity for students to gain hitherto unprecedented access to leaders in their field, to discuss professional working methods, and to receive feedback on their own work.

Established in 2013, the Katie Jacobson Writer-in-Residence Program was named in memory of Creative Writing Program MFA student Katie Jacobson, and was created by the generous support of her parents Leslie Jacobson and Jeanine Caltagirone. The program launched with the residency of short fiction writer and translator Lydia Davis.  In 2018, Roxane Gay, best-selling author of Bad Feminist, Difficult Women and Hunger, was writer-in-residence. Click here to learn more about the residency program.

Kevin Young, CalArts’ 2018 Katie Jacobson Writer-in-Residence, will read from his work at CalArts and REDCAT

At California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)

Thursday, February 7 at 7pm

Langley Hall on the CalArts campus, 24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia, CA 91355-2340



Friday, February 8 at 8:30 pm

631 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

General: $10, Members: $5
Reserve tickets at or call 213 237-2800