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Video: Kevin Young performs “Ode to Gumbo”

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Kevin Young (born 1970) is an American poet and teacher of poetry. Young graduated from Harvard College in 1992, held a Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University, and received his Master of Fine Arts from Brown University. While in Boston and Providence, he was part of the African-American poetry group the Dark Room Collective. He is heavily influenced by the poets Langston Hughes, John Berryman, and Emily Dickinson and by the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. He is the author of a number of books, including Blue Laws: Selected and Uncollected Poems 1995-2015.

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