Forthcoming publications and activities:
Macondo Writers Workshop, July 24-28, San Antonio, TX
Lighthouse Lit Fest, June 1-15, Denver, CO
"The River Bluesville" (long poem) in Texas Review Press
"The Mojo Bone" (fiction) in River Sedge.
“Why Ernest J. Gaines’s ‘Funnest’ and Most Bluesy Novel (Of Love and Dust) Had to End in Tragedy” in Approaches to Teaching Gaines's The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman and Other Works.( MLA, edited by John W. Lowe).
“Saints of a Darker Hue in Brenda Marie Osbey’s All Saints” in Summoning Our Saints: The Poetry and Prose of Brenda Marie Osbey. (Rowman & Littlefield, edited by John W. Lowe).
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Poet Reggie Scott Young to read from his work
When: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 1:00 PM
Where: SCF Venice, Building 800 8000 S. Tamiami Trail, Venice, FL
Cost: Free and open to the public.
Description: Poet Reggie Scott Young will read from "Yardbird Squawking at the Moon and Other Poems" at 1 p.m. in Building 800, Selby Room, at SCF Venice, 8000 S. Tamiami Trail. Young was the 2017 Writer-in-Residence at New College of Florida and also has served as professor of creative writing and American Literature at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The reading is free and open to the public.
Reggie Scott Young at AWP
Tampa, FL, March 8,
The Gift of the Grind: Writing Your Way Through. (Jose Antonio Rodriguez, Wiley Cash, Reggie Scott Young, Sarah Jefferis) This panel focuses on creative work that grows out of the experiences of being raised in communities that are often called such names as poor, folk, or working class that are often overlooked despite serving as rich bastions of American culture. This panel will explore the writers’ representations of their own native communities and the insights they gained from many of the different ways of learning and knowing (intellectual, emotional, spiritual, and pragmatic).
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Reggie Scott Young's essay
"A Bluesville Tribute For Gwendolyn Brooks"
and three poems
are included in this special anthology that celebrates
the legacy of Gwendolyn Brooks
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Bluesville: (blüs-vil, esp Southern blüs-v&l) n.
1. A fictional name given to a neighborhood located on Chicago's West Side by June Bug Bailey in the novel Crimes in Bluesville. 2. Any African American community in the United States where people "live close to their folk traditions" (Ralph Ellison). 3. A cultural environment that is defined not by music but by the blues ethos that informs the lives of those who live in those communities. 4. A cultural style which, according to theologian James Cone, is cut from the same cultural cloth as the spirituals. 5. Subsidiary of Prestige Records (Bluesville Records) that specialized in recordings by traditional blues artists from circa 1950-1971.adj. 1. Having the characteristics of a bluesville; a bluesville feeling or state of being (“they must be having a bluesville kind of day”).
Poems by Reggie Scott Young
featured on Sacred Trespasses
in both print and audio formats
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Reggie Scott Young
Yardbirds Squawking at the Moon
New and Vintage Poems by
Reggie Scott Young
Signed copies of Yardbirds Squawking at the Moon are available from
Reggie Scott Young via email request at
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and other booksellers.
To schedule readings, interviews, or other appearances,
contact Reggie Scott Young at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Praise for Yardbirds Squawking at the Moon
“From the Cold War to the New Millennium, from the Bluesville section of Chicago to the bayous of south Louisiana, Reggie Scott Young takes his readers on a wild ride through half a century of American experience. The hot-button topics of race, class, religion, gender, family, and politics are all fair game to his observant eye and honest pen. Nothing is sacred to this poet, not even Abraham Lincoln or his own preacher-father’s extramarital affairs. In the democratic spirit of Whitman, Sandburg, Brooks, and Hughes, Young sends forth his ‘barbaric squawk’ at the moon, resulting in poems that are direct, alive, necessary, and memorable.”
Julie Kane, former Poet Laureate of Louisiana and author of
Paper Bullets and Rhythm and Booze
"Reggie Scott Young gives us one fine poem after another about both the triumphs and tragedies of ordinary black folk, speaking to us in a voice that is as homespun as it is hard-edged, a voice that is fully in tune with African American musical idioms, namely gospel, the blues, and jazz. A way of saying that Young is that rare worker of the Word who can heart the beats of the human heart, however loud or faint, however near or far."
Jeffery Renard Allen, author of the novels Song of the Shank and
Rails Under My Back
“Reading these poems, prayer songs to the god of justice. I say Amen!”
Sandra Cisneros, author of House on Mango Street and
Looking for Marie
“The many thousands gone lift their eyes to rebirth in this witnessing-Yardbirds Squawking at the Moon where the words are the gift of celebration, each one a treasure made golden by a life lived with an eye to the gift. The poems in this collection bear the precious seal of a generation that saw the second emancipation of black folk and built a fortress against reprisals aimed at a culture whose faith was forged in prophecies many have forgotten. Young’s eye is the eye next to the ear listening to the sounds of tracks being laid in a necessary history in a necessary time. This poet’s heart is rooted in a love of what it is to be black, to be human, to be a man.”
—Afaa Michael. Weaver, Author of City of Eternal Spring and
Multitudes: Poems Selected & New
"Young’s poetry has roots that penetrate deep down into the earth so that each poem feels grounded in a specific moment that is both national and deeply personal. But roots can be dangerous, and Young’s poems can be dangerous too. These roots wander and run, they go so deep that they pierce the memories and fears we thought were long buried and forgotten. The poems in Yardbirds Squawkin at the Moon breathe and yearn, they damn and incant, they beat like a heart and lull you to dream, which is to say, they live."
Wiley Cash, New York Times Best Selling Author of A Land More Kind than Home and This Dark Road to Mercy
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