DESERT ISLAND JAZZ with Alisa Clancy | Al Young on KCSM 91.1 FM, The Jazz Station, 26 September 2008Saturday, September 27th, 2008
Al Youngâ€™s life journey has already been a full one, from Ocean Springs, Mississippi, where he was born, to Detroit, where he was raised, to the Bay Area, where heâ€™s been resident forâ€”can it be?â€”over four decades. Though geographically heâ€™s traveled even more widelyâ€”to Europe, India and Australia, for exampleâ€”his works have traveled further still, having been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Korean and half a dozen or more European languages. Back when writing didnâ€™t pay the bills, he was variously a folk singer, lab assistant, disc jockey, medical photographer, clerk-typist and employment counselor: this jack-of-all-trades has mastered quite a few.
In the early â€™70s Al was the Edward B. Jones Lecturer in Creative Writing at Stanford University. His awards, appointments and honors are too numerous to mention, including Guggenheim, Fulbright NEA Fellowship, and two American Book Awards; and his books include novels, collections of poetry, essays, memoirs and anthologies.
In 2005, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Al Young first Poet Laureate of California.
Al and Alisa Clancy at KCSM-FM broadcast studios Â | Â Michael Burman