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About Al Young

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Poet and novelist Al Young was born on May 31, 1939, in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. He attended the University of Michigan and received his BA from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1969.

His volumes of poetry include Something About the Blues: An Unlikely Collection of Poetry (Sourcebooks MediaFusion, 2008); Coastal Nights and Inland Afternoons: Poems 2001-2006 (Angel City Press, 2006); The Sound of Dreams Remembered: Poems 1990-2000 (Creative Arts Book Company, 2001); Heaven: Collected Poems, 1956-90 (1992), The Blues Don’t Change: New and Selected Poems (1982), Geography of the Near Past (1976), Some Recent Fiction (1974), The Song Turning Back into Itself (1971), and Dancing: Poems (1969), which won the Joseph Henry Jackson Award.