Kevin Young and President Greg Fences standing on a balcony at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC

A Prolific Poet Talks about Curiosity, Multitasking, and Running a Remarkable Museum

One Big Question: October 5, 2023

E7: Kevin Young

Kevin Young has authored 12 books of poetry and is the Andrew W. Mellon Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

He is an acclaimed poet, who produces era-defining work that is moving, lyrical, and often deeply innovative, with bold juxtapositions and unexpected deconstructions of form and style. He is poetry editor of The New Yorker, where he hosts the Poetry Podcast.

From 2005 to 2016, Young was curator of Emory’s Raymond Danowski Poetry Library. He also served as Emory’s curator of literary collections, making tremendous contributions in growing the collections at Emory’s Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library.

In this episode, Emory President Gregory L. Fenves talks with Young about his multifaceted career and the life-changing power of museums.

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