Al Young is a writer.
Delving into poetry and fiction, memoirs and anthologies, even screenplays for the likes of Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby, Young has been named the 2011 Thomas Wolfe Prize recipient.
The former California Poet Laureate taught poetry in spring 2003 at Davidson College in Davidson, NC, as the McGee Professor in Writing. That fall, Young stayed in the state as the first Coffey Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. There, he taught a poetry workshop.
The Thomas Wolfe Prize is sponsored by the UNC English and comparative literature department and the Morgan Writer-in-Residence Program.
GO TO THE LECTURE:
Historic Playmakers Theatre
Admission is free.
Young will give a free public lecture and reading in Historic Playmakers Theatre tonight at 7:30 p.m. Before the event, staff writer John Sherman chatted with Young about his inspiration, his writing process and the quality of the English language._
Daily Tar Heel: What will you discuss in your lecture?
Al Young: Thomas Wolfe, his work and how his work has come to influence my work in a seemingly roundabout way. I am strongly influenced by (many works) that were influenced directly by Thomas Wolfe. I am fascinated by how many parallels there are between our works, so I will spend a lot of time focusing on that tomorrow night.