"Young is a relaxed lyricist, precise without being precious, and he expresses enormous feeling with great economy. He's a natural storyteller." Harper's Magazine
- Blue Laws: Selected & Uncollected Poems 1995-2015 is longlisted for the National Book Award prize in poetry (September 2016).
- Bustle includes Blue Laws: Selected & Uncollected Poems 1995-2015 in their list "12 New Must-Read Poetry Collections by Poets of Color" (September 2016).
- For the Strand Bookstore, Colson Whitehead picks his favorite 50 books, including Kevin's Blue Laws (August 2016).
- New York Times reviewer Dwight Garner singles out Kevin's essay as "dazzling" in his review of Jesmyn Ward's anthology The Fire This Time (August 2016).
- The National Endowment for the Arts selects Book of Hours for its Big Reads program (August 2016).
- The New York Public Library names Kevin the new director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (August 2016).
- The Amsterdam News shares word of Kevin's new appointment as director of the Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture (August 2016).
- The Georgia Center for the Book includes Blue Laws as one of 24 titles for the "2016 Books All Georgians Should Read" list (August 2016).
- Kevin's article on "inveterate hoaxer" Clark Rockefeller appears in Bookforum (June 2016).
- The New Yorker features Kevin's essay on childhood reading (June 2016).
- Kevin pays homage to Prince in two poems in the New Yorker (May 2016).
- The New York Times Book Review applauds Blue Laws, saying "The formal economy of Young's best work attunes us to the grammar of living and sorrow alike" (April 2016).
- Kevin is one of six literary writers inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (April 2016).
- The Washington Post includes Kevin's poem "Commencement" as one of ten poems beautifully animated to celebrate the 20th anniversary of National Poetry Month (April 2016).
- Mary-Louise Parker praises Kevin's work in O, The Oprah Magazine, calling Blue Laws "a wealth of poems that transport the reader and explode the form" (April 2016).
- Kevin talks poetry, taste, and clothing with Billy Reid as part of their "Well Worn" series (April 2016).
- Kevin interviews Mary-Louise Parker at the Chigago Humanities Festival (April 2016).
- Kevin reads with Pulitzer Prize-winner Gregory Pardlo at the Arkansas Literary Festival (April 2016).
- Kevin discusses his writing process and shows off his studio in T: The New York Times Style Magazine (April 2016).
- Pianist Bruce Levingston and baritone Justin Hopkins perform Kevin's oratorio Repast at Carnegie Hall (April 2016).
- The New York Times quotes Kevin in an article on Emory's acquisition of David Walker's Appeal to the Colored Citizens of the World (March 2016).
- The Oxford American sings the praises of Kevin's "Money Road" in the New Yorker (February 2016).
- Harvard Magazine features a lengthy profile of The Dark Room Collective (March/April 2016).
- Craig Morgan Teicher calls Kevin "one of the poetry stars of his generation" in a Los Angeles Times review (February 2016).
- The Root includes Blue Laws in its list of "Books by Black Authors to Look Forward to in 2016" (February 2016).
- Mary-Louise Parker interviews Kevin at Greenlight Bookstore (February 2016).
- The New Yorker publishes Kevin's new poem for Emmett Till, "Money Road" (February 2016).
- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution features a lengthy profile of Kevin (February 2016).
- The Washington Post names Blue Laws one of the "Best Poetry Books for February" (February 2016).
- Jonathan Sturgeon reviews Blue Laws in Flavorwire (February 2016).
- Christine Smallwood praises Blue Laws in Harper's Magazine (February 2016).
- Flavorwire calls Blue Laws "one of the most important books of the year in any category." (January 2016).
- Kevin's "Repast" sequence wins the Emily Clark Balch Award for Poetry from the Virginia Quarterly Review (December 2015).
- Kevin interviews Mary-Louise Parker at the Brooklyn Historical Society (November 2015).
- Prune chef/owner Gabrielle Hamilton and Kevin discuss food and poetry at the New York Public Library (November 2015).
- Garden & Gun features Kevin as one of "four standout citizens building a better Atlanta" (October/November 2015).
- The New York Times reports on Emory's acquisition of rare Jack Kerouac material and includes a quote from Kevin, the library's curator of literary collections (October 2015).
- Book of Hours wins the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets (September 2015).
- Carolyn Forché and Kevin read in a joint event at AWP (April 2015).
- Kevin is bestowed with the Donald Justice Award from The Fellowship of Southern Writers (April 2015).
- Book of Hours is a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award (February 2015).
- The Guardian features "Winter Wedding: Holiday Cards by Poets," an exhibit drawn from the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library (December 2014).
- The New York Review of Books features Kevin's "Ode to the Harlem Globetrotters" (December 2014).
- The New York Times Learning Blog features Kevin's poem "Ode to the Midwest" in "Poetry Pairing" (December 2014).
- Parul Kapur Hinzen interviews Kevin for Guernica (December 2014).
- 32 Bar Blues includes Dear Darkness in their "32 Icons of the Art" curated catalogue (Winter 2014).
- NPR's Code Switch features an oratorio written by Kevin in "A Musical Tribute For A Waiter Who Spoke Out Against Racism" (November 2014).
- Kevin is named Charles Howard Candler Professor of Creative Writing & English at Emory University (November 2014).
- Kevin featured, along with Natasha Trethewey, Tracy K. Smith and others, in the New York Times article on the Dark Room Collective (May 2014).
- Kevin reads "A Song for the Dead" for Shelf Awareness (April 2014).
- Kevin discusses Book of Hours on NPR's Fresh Air with host Terry Gross (March 2014).
- Kevin reads from Book of Hours on the New York Times "Read Around" (March 2014).
- Kevin reads from Book of Hours on The New York Times Style blog (March 2014).
- Tracy K. Smith reads Kevin's poem "Crowning" on The New Yorker "Poetry Podcast" (January 2014).
- Medium features Kevin on "You Are What You Read" (December 2013).
- Kevin wins the PEN Open Book Award for The Grey Album (October 2013).
- National Book Critics Circle names The Grey Album as a finalist for Award in Criticism (Fall 2013).
- Denise Duhamel selects "Wintering" for Best American Poetry 2013 (Fall 2013).
- The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton wins the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award (2013).
- The New York Times "Dining and Wine" Holiday Gift Guide includes The Hungry Ear (December 2012).
- Robert Pinsky selects "Black Cat Blues" for Best of the Best American Poetry, 1988 – 2012 (Winter 2012).
- The New York Times names The Grey Album a Notable Book for 2012 (December 2012).
- American Public Radio show The Splendid Table features The Hungry Ear (November 2012)
- Kevin reviews Darkest America, by Yuval Taylor and Jake Austen, for The New York Times Book Review (November 2012).
- The New York Times Book Review "Up Front" features Kevin and The Grey Album (November 2012).
- Publishers Weekly names Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton one of the Best Books of 2012 (November 2012).
- The New York Times reviews both The Hungry Ear and The Collected Poems Lucille Clifton (October 2012).
- Kevin's poem "Ragtime" featured on MetroCards and in taxicab television screens across New York City (October 2012).
- The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics features Kevin alongside Natasha Trethewey, Carl Philips, and Major Jackson in a discussion of Dark Room Collective (2012).
- Mark Doty selects "Expecting" for Best American Poetry 2012 (Fall 2012).
- Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels wins an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation (August 2012).
- NPR's All Things Considered covers Calabash Literary Festival in Jamaica, interviews Kevin (July 2012).
- David Shields reviews The Grey Album for The New York Times (April 2012).
- The Dark Room Collective reunites for a reading at the Poetry Foundation (April 2012).
- The New York Times Book Review Podcast reviews The Grey Album (April 2012).
- The San Francisco Chronicle reviews The Grey Album (April 2012).
- Christopher Lydon interviews Kevin for Radio Open Source (April 2012).
- The New York Times Book Review selects The Grey Album for its Editors' Choice selections (April 2012).
- The New York Times Book Review reviews The Grey Album (April 2012).
- Poets.org publishes Kevin's essay "It Don't Mean A Thing: The Blues of Modernism" (March 2012).
- NPR's All Things Considered features Kevin on NewsPoet (March 2012).
- Kevin discusses "Poems That Make You Hungry" and The Hungry Ear for The New York Times Diner's Journal (March 2012).
- WNYC's The Takeaway interviews Kevin about The Grey Album (March 2012).
- Amy Gerstler selects "Lime Light Blues" for Best American Poetry 2010 (Fall 2010).
- Kevin discusses The Art of Losing on NPR's Morning Edition (April 2010).
- NPR's Here and Now talks with Kevin about The Art of Losing (April 2010).
- Irish National Radio features The Art of Losing: Poems of Grief and Healing (April 2010).
- Mary Donnelly interviews Kevin for Failbetter.com (October 2009).
- Kevin reads "The Mission" for Poetry Magazine podcast (October 2009).
- David Wagoner selects "I shall be released" for Best American Poetry 2009 (Fall 2009).
- Kevin reads "Midwestern Blues" for Poetry Foundation's Poetry Off the Shelf (September 2009).
- Dear Darkness wins Southern Independent Bookseller Award in Poetry (Summer 2009).
- Boston Authors Club names Dear Darkness a finalist for the Julia Ward Howe Prize (May 2009).
- NPR's All Things Considered includes Dear Darkness in their "Best Books of 2008" (December 2008).
- The Poetry Center awards For the Confederate Dead the Paterson Poetry Prize for Sustained Literary Achievement (2008).
- Charles Wright selects "From The Book of Hours" for Best American Poetry 2008 (Fall 2008).
- Kevin reads several poems at the Key West Literary Seminar (September 2008).
- Kevin reads "Book of Hours" for the Poetry Foundation (November 2007).
- Kevin reads "Elegy, Father's Day" for Slate's weekly Poem series (October 2007).
- Kevin wins the Quill Award in Poetry for For the Confederate Dead (September 2007).
- Kevin reads from For the Confederate Dead and other work on PBS (2007).
- WBUR Boston's On Point with Tom Ashbrook features Kevin and For the Confederate Dead (2007).
- The Sacramento News & Review talks with Kevin about For the Confederate Dead (March 2007).
- Kevin discusses For the Confederate Dead with Jill Owens for Powell's Books (February 2007).
- Watch Kevin at the 2007 Library of Congress National Book Festival (2007).
- Kevin wins a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in poetry (2005).
- Paul Muldoon selects "Black Cat Blues" for Best American Poetry (Fall 2005).
- NPR's Morning Edition interviews Kevin about Black Maria (March 2005).
- Kevin profiled as guest editor of Ploughshares (2005).
- The Poetry Center awards Jelly Roll: A Blues the Paterson Poetry Prize (2004).
- Kevin is awarded a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in poetry (2003-2004).
- Kevin is named one of five finalists for the National Book Award in Poetry for Jelly Roll: A Blues (2003).
- Jelly Roll: A Blues is named one of five finalists for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize (2003).
- Kevin reads from Jelly Roll on tour (2003).
- Village Voice names Kevin a Writer on the Verge in their annual selection of ten up-and-coming authors (May 2001).
- Kevin named one of five finalists for the James Laughlin Prize by the Academy of American Poets (August 2000).
- NPR's All Things Considered interviews poet Catherine Bowman about Kevin's first collection, Most Way Home (February 1999).