Faculty / Gary Young

Teaching Duties: Book Arts Teacher

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Departments: Visual Arts, Arts

Mr. Young is a poet and artist whose honors include grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Vogelstein Foundation, and the California Arts Council. He has received a Pushcart Prize, twice won fellowship grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and his book of poems, The Dream of a Moral Life, won the the James D. Phelan Award. He is the author of several other collections of poetry including Hands, Wherever I Looked, Days, Braver Deeds, which won the Peregrine Smith Poetry Prize, Pleasure, and No Other Life, which won the William Carlos Williams Award of the Poetry Society of America. His most recent books are That’s What I Thought, which own the Lexi Rudnitsky Editor’s Choice Award from Persea Books, and Precious Mirror, translations from the Japanese. He is the co-editor of The Geography of Home: California’s Poetry of Place and Bear Flag Republic: Prose Poems and Poetics from California, and has produced a series of artist’s books, most notably Nine Days: New York, A Throw of the Dice, and My Place Here Below. His poems have appeared in over 100 anthologies, and in such magazines as Poetry, Antaeus, The American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, and The Nation. In 2009 he received The Shelley Memorial Award of the Poetry Society of America. His print work is represented in numerous collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum, The Getty Center for the Arts, and special collections libraries throughout the country.


  • M.F.A., English, University of California Irvine
  • B.A., University of California Santa Cruz

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