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An Evening with Ellen Bass and Kevin Young - LIB 100/201 APPROVED!

Head shot of Kevin Young (photo credit: Melanie Dunea)

Head shot of Kevin Young (photo credit: Melanie Dunea)

Date and Time

Thursday, October 3, 2019
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.


  • Eberhard Center


The event is part of the Fall Arts Celebration. See

The event is an evening of poetry with two poets: Ellen Bass and Kevin Young. Each will read from their work for approximately 30 minutes.

Ellen Bass is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. Her most recent book, Like a Beggar  (Copper Canyon Press, 2014), was a finalist for The Paterson Poetry Prize, The Publishers Triangle Award, The Milt Kessler Poetry Award, The Lambda Literary Award, and the Northern California Book Award. Previous books include The Human Line   and Mules of Love , which won The Lambda Literary Award. She co-edited (with Florence Howe) the first major anthology of women’s poetry, No More Masks! (Doubleday, 1973).

“Like a Beggar is Ellen Bass’s most recent collection. It is, hands down, the most engaging, compelling and emotionally moving collection of poems I’ve read this past year. Every so often, I have the good fortune to read poems that resonate so deeply, they are living things that leap right off the page and sing the language of my soul. Like a Beggar does that for me. . . .This book is written with the heart and soul of a virtuoso artist and the sensibilities of a highly skilled artisan.” Michael Gillian Maxwell

Kevin Young is the Director of the  Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture  and is poetry editor at The New Yorker. Also an editor, essayist, and curator, highlights of Young's ten books of poetry include: Blue Laws: Selected & Uncollected Poems 1995-2015 , longlisted for the National Book Award;  Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels , winner of an American Book Award; Jelly Roll: a blues  (Knopf, 2003), a finalist for the National Book Award and Los Angeles Times Book Prize and winner of the Paterson Poetry Prize. His newest book of poetry is Brown   (Knopf, April 2018).


“Young’s book releases a universal shout — political in the best, most visceral way, critical, angry, squinting hard at this culture — while remaining at the same time deeply and lovingly personal.” LUIS ALBERTO URREA in The New York Times


Thursday, October 3, 2019, 5 p.m. reception; 6 p.m. readings

2nd floor, L.V. Eberhard Center

Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus


Readings followed by booksigning and reception.



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