13 Facts About Al Young


Albert James Al Young was an American poet, novelist, essayist, screenwriter, and professor.

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Al Young was named Poet Laureate of California by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger from 2005 to 2008.

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Al Young attended the "Kingston School for Colored", a segregated school in the South.

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Al Young graduated in 1957 from Central High School in Detroit.

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Al Young met classmate Janet Coleman in Michigan, whom he later co-authored work with in 1989.

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Al Young graduated with honors in 1969 from University of California, Berkeley, with a degree in Spanish.

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Al Young taught poetry, fiction writing and American literature at UC Berkeley; University of California, Santa Cruz from 1983 until the early 1990s; University of California, Davis; Bowling Green State University; Foothill College; the Colorado College; Rice University; the University of Washington; the University of Michigan; and the University of Arkansas.

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Al Young wrote linear notes for George Benson's Breezin' album.

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Al Young taught at Charles University in the Czech Republic under the auspices of the Prague Summer Programs.

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Al Young was awarded a Fulbright fellowship, two Puschart prizes, the PEN-USA Award, multiple National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, and a Wallace Stegner fellowship.

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Al Young's remarkable talent and sense of mission to bring poetry into the lives of Californians is an inspiration.

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Al Young was married to technical writer and editor Arline June Young from 1963 until her death in 2016.

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Al Young died of complications of the stroke on April 17, 2021, in Concord, California, aged 81.

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