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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Monday, January 19 --- Forever Young! Kevin Young & Al Young

Another full hour of Bibliocracy, today with a new show featuring poet Kevin Young, followed by a repeat of our inaugural (!) show, aired a year ago when Bibliocracy began. Special thanks, again, to poet-essayist-novelist-musicologist and mentor-friend-comrade outgoing California poet laureate Al Young for that! And thanks to all who listen, share, advise and, yes, support Bibliocracy and the work and vision of alternative, noncommercial community Pacifica Radio at KPFK.

Noon - poet Kevin Young: Dear Darkness
Kevin Young is a poet whose amazing career has not gotten in the way of his success. His newest collection, Dear Darkness, is both his sixth, a lot for a young man, and one of his best. Dear Darkness is a feast: a meditation on and celebration of family, memory and place, an elegy for his late father and a culinary dish-up of the foods which evoke community and affirm life, all with Young’s characteristic ear and eye and heart for music, from the blues to Johnny Paycheck. About Kevin Young, poet Billy Collins writes simply: “Tender, sassy, and just plain cool.” Evocative of Langston Hughes and Gwendolyn Brooks, his voice has embraced all varieties, categories and genres: noir detective films, the artist Basquiat and the blues. Young has won every prize out there, fellowships, been a finalist for both the National Book Award and the LA Times Book Award. Essays and poetry have appeared in the New Yorker and Paris Review. He received a Stegner Fellowship and he is a professor at Emory University.

12:30 - encore show with Al Young, California poet laureate (first aired January 2008) and Renaissance man. This show features my talk with Al Young, with performances of him reading with a live band. For more on Al Young visit

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