Kevin Young's first book, Most Way Home, was chosen for the National Poetry Series and received the Ploughshares Zacharis First Book Award. His second collection of poems, To Repel Ghosts, a double album based on the late artist Jean-Michel Basquiat's work, was a finalist for the Academy of American Poets' James Laughlin Prize. Young's work has appeared in publications such as The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The Kenyon Review, and Callaloo. He is the editor of the anthologies Giant Steps: The Next Generation of African American Writers and Blues Poetry, both published by Everyman's Library Pocket Poet. Young is the Ruth Lilly Professor of Poetry at Indiana University and a former Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University.