Awards & Winners

Al Young

Date of Birth 31-May-1939
Place of Birth Ocean Springs
(Jackson County, Mississippi, United States of America)
Nationality United States of America
Also know as Young, Al, Albert James Young
Profession Writer, Novelist, Essayist, Screenwriter, Poet, Professor
Al Young is an American poet, novelist, essayist, screenwriter, and professor. On May 15, 2005 he was named Poet Laureate of California by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. In appointing Young as Poet Laureate, the Governor praised him: "He is an educator and a man with a passion for the Arts. His remarkable talent and sense of mission to bring poetry into the lives of Californians is an inspiration." Muriel Johnson, Director of the California Arts Council declared: "Like jazz, Al Young is an original American voice." Young’s many books include novels, collections of poetry, essays, and memoirs. His work has appeared in literary journals and magazines including Paris Review, Ploughshares, Essence, The New York Times, Chicago Review, Seattle Review, Brilliant Corners: A Journal of Jazz & Literature, Chelsea, Rolling Stone, Gathering of the Tribes, and in anthologies including the Norton Anthology of African American Literature, and the Oxford Anthology of African American Literature.

Awards by Al Young

Check all the awards nominated and won by Al Young.


American Book Awards
Honored for : The Sound of Dreams Remembered


American Book Awards
Honored for : Bodies & soul