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Reggie Scott Young

Born: 1962 in Chicago
Pen Name: Reggie Young

Connection to Illinois: I am from the West Lawndale community on the West Side of Chicago, an area of the city that I have written about as a place called Bluesville. As a youth, I attended Farragut High during the days when many of us spent just as much time schooling in the streets as we did in the confines of what was then a deteriorating building. I have published numerous poems, stories, and essays about Chicago and even now as an expatriate Chicago writer (because of my profession in higher education) I continue to produce works based on my experiences in the city.

Biography: Earned B.A. M.A., and PhD (1990) at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Master's was in poetry writing and doctorate in fiction writing, but have taught literature (American, African American, and ethnic) and creative writing equally during my career. I have worked at Villanova University, Louisiana State University, Hamilton College, Wheaton College (IL), and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette during my career. Currently focusing primarily on poetry and creative nonfiction, although I do have several fiction publications in the works.Young has also compiled and edited ''Mozart and Leadbelly: Stories and Essays by Ernest J. Gaines'' (Knopf, with Marcia Gaudet), and recently co-edited ''This Louisiana Thing That Drives Me: The Legacy of Ernest J. Gaines'' (University of Louisiana Press). His scholarly work has appeared in ''The Oxford Companion to African American Literature'', ''Contemporary African American Literature: New Critical Essays'', ''Multicultural Literature and Literacies: Making Space for Difference'', ''August Wilson and Black Aesthetics'', ''The Christian Imagination: Essays on Literature and Writing'', and other publications. He is a member of the Macondo Writers' Workshop and his poems and stories have appeared in ''The Oxford American'', ''African American Review'', ''The Christian Century'', ''Contact II'', ''Blind Alleys'', and the ''West Side Stories'' anthology.

  • -- Gwendolyn Brooks Poet Laureate Award for Significant Chicago Poets

Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction; Poetry

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Reggie Scott Young on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

  Yardbirds Squawking at the Moon :
ISBN: 9780945083412 OCLC: 954467894