In 1955, Dean Young was born in Columbia, Pennsylvania. He
received his MFA in Creative Writing from Indiana
His books of poems include Bender: New and Selected Poems (Copper Canyon Press, 2012); Primitive Mentor (University
of Pittsburgh Press, 2008); Embryoyo (McSweeney's, 2007);
Ready-Made Bouquet (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2005);
Elegy on Toy Piano (2005), a finalist for the Pulitzer
Prize; Skid (2002), a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Prize; First
Course in Turbulence (1999); Strike Anywhere
(University Press of Colorado, 1995), which won the Colorado
Poetry Prize; Beloved Infidel (Wesleyan, 1992); and
Design with X (1988). He is also the author of The Art of Recklessness: Poetry as Assertive Force and Contradiction (Graywolf Press, 2010), a book of prose about poetry.
Largely influenced by the New York School of poets, Young
combines aspects of experimentation and surrealism. About Young,
the poet Charles Simic has said, "Although
his work comes out of the poetries of Kenneth
Koch, John Ashbery and Frank O'Hara and James
Tate, Young has his own voice. The language, the invention,
the imagination and the sheer fun of his poems is astounding. It's
not all dazzle either. The poems are also moving. This man reminds
us that there is nothing more serious than a joke."
Young has received a Stegner fellowship from Stanford University, as well as fellowhips from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation. Young's awards also include an
Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and
Letters. His poems have appeared seven times in The Best American Poetry series.
Young has taught at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, in the low-residency M.F.A. program at Warren Wilson College, and at Loyola University, in Chicago. He is currently the William Livingston Chair of Poetry at the University of Texas, in Austin.
Design with X (Wesleyan, 1988)
Beloved Infidel (1992)
Strike Anywhere (University Press of Colorado, 1995)
First Course in Turbulence (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1999)
Elegy on Toy Piano (2005)
Ready-Made Bouquet (2005)
Embryoyo (McSweeney's, 2007)
Primitive Mentor (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2008)