"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




  • Colson Whitehead picks Blue Laws as one of his favorite books of 2016 for Amazon's literary blog Omnivoracious (December 2016).
  • Blue Laws is named one of the New York Times' 10 "Best Poetry of 2016" titles (December 2016).
  • The New Yorker's Year in Poems includes Kevin's poem "Money Road" (December 2016).
  • The Kansas City Star calls Blue Laws "essential reading about the American experience from Colonial times to the present" (December 2016).
  • Colson Whitehead, author of The Underground Railroad, picks Blue Laws as his favorite book of the year in Publisher's Weekly (December 2016).
  • Blue Laws is included in Boston Globe's "Best Books of 2016" (December 2016).
  • Blue Laws is named one of the five "Best Poetry Collections of 2016" by the Washington Post (November 2016).
  • Kevin was interviewed for the New York Times article "The Art of Condolence" (October 2016).
  • Kevin was nominated and named a member of The Fellowship of Southern Writers (September 2016).
  • 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 Schomberg 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).



  • 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).



  • 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).



  • 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).






  • 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).