(Oct. 31, 2013) -- The Creative Writing Program in the UTSA Department of English will present author Kevin Young as the featured speaker in the Fall 2013 Creative Writing Reading Series at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 15 in the Business Building University Room (2.06.04) on the UTSA Main Campus. The event is free and open to the public.
The UTSA Creative Writing Reading Series features public readings by poets and fiction writers who visit classes and meet with UTSA students to discuss their writing.
Young's latest book, "The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness," received the 2013 Pen Open Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism, Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize and was listed as a New York Times Notable Book.
His first book of poetry, "Most Way Home," was selected as a National Poetry Series winner and the Zacharis First Book Award in 1993. In 2001, he authored "To Repel Ghosts" and was named a finalist for the James Laughlin Award.
His additional books include "Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels" (2011), "Dear Darkness: Poems" (2008), "For the Confederate Dead" (2007), "Black Maria" (2005) and "Jelly Roll: A Blues" (2003).
Young's poetry and essays have appeared in the New Yorker, New York Times Book Review, Paris Review, Kenyon Review and Callaloo.
He has edited numerous anthologies including "The Hungry Ear: Poems of Food and Drink" (2012), "The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton: 1965-2010" (2012), "The Best American Poetry" (2011), "The Art of Losing: Poems of Grief and Healing" (2010), "Jazz Poems" (2006), "Selected Poems: John Berryman" (2004), "Blues Poems" (2003) and "Giant Steps: The New Generation of African-American Writers" (2000).
Young's list of honors includes the Stegner Fellowship in Poetry at Stanford University, a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, a MacDowell Colony Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.
A native of Lincoln, Neb., Young received A Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Harvard University and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing degree from Brown University. He has taught at the University of Georgia and Indiana University. Currently, Young is the Atticus Haygood Professor of Creative Writing and the Curator of Literary Collections at Emory University's Raymond Danowski Poetry Library in Atlanta.
The UTSA event is co-sponsored by Joycelyn Moody, Sue E. Denman Distinguished Chair in American Literature at UTSA.
For more information, contact Wendy Barker at 210-458-5362 or visit the UTSA Creative Writing Program website.
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As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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