UNIVERSITY OF LA VERNE
La Verne, California
March 11-15, 2013
“Can Poetry Save Our Planet?” — Woodrow Wilson Visiting Lecturer Al Young asks and answers this question in his delivery of the Honors Lecture at the University of La Verne in Southern California.
Wingate, North Carolina
Glimpses of Al Young’s February 18-22, 2013 stay as a Visiting Woodrow Wilson Fellow
Stegall Administration Building by Stegall Pond, Wingate’s crown jewel | Wingate University
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Al with Wingate honors students, student leaders and faculty members at a gala Wednesday night dinner.
Marisa Wheeling, Director of Special Academic Programs, poses with Al at Holbrook Hall following the sumptuous honors dinner.
Monroe Middle School musicians perform with the Wingate University Band.
Al in the writing teacher mode at Wingate University’s on-campus Starbucks.
Ethel K. Smith Library | Wingate University
Another morning visit to Wingate’s sparkling Ethel K. Smith Library, where the writer-reader Al felt right at home.
Poetry at Night
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Haitian poet Boadiba and Al Young relax at Spec’s in North Beach following their Thursday night reading at San Francisco’s Readers Caf√© | 7 February 2013
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Boadiba read-sings a poem-song
Jack Hirschman introduces poets Boadiba and Al Young to the Readers Caf√© audience at Fort Mason, San Francisco
| AL YOUNG DAY |
February 5, 2013
Photos: Persis Karim and Philip Lewenthal
WASHINGTON ‚Äď The City of Berkeley has officially proclaimed Feb. 5 to be ‚ÄúAl Young Day‚ÄĚ in honor of the state‚Äôs most well-known African American poet. Voice of Russia correspondent Kim Palchikoff spoke with Al Young, California‚Äôs poet laureate emeritus, about what makes a great poem, and what inspires him.
Al Young sings the Eddie ‚ÄėCleanhead‚Äô Vinson blues lyric that serves as epigraph to the title poem for Offline Love, his new as yet unpublished book.
Author Tennessee Reed and ceramic artist Susan Duhan Felix cheer as Al Young acknowledges his Berkeley-bestowed honor.
Mayor Tom Bates congratulates and presents the City Council proclamation to Berkeley’s Al Young.
Al Young and Berkeley arts ambassador Susan Duhan Felix
With his ‘Al Young: Synthesis of Blues and Poetry,’ Luciano Federighi, a longtime translator of Young’s prose and poetry, celebrates Al Young Day in the February 2013 issue of Italy’s M√ļsica Jazz. ||| “Dear Al, to give my humble contribution to Berkeley’s Al Young Day, I send you this article just published on the February issue of M√ļsica Jazz. I’ve recently started again my old Tempo di Blues column for the magazine and I’ve felt like celebrating the blues side of your marvelous poetry.”
Cover to Cover with Jack Foley | February 6, 2013
February 5 was Al Young Day in Berkeley. Jack celebrates that wonderful event by interviewing Al and encouraging him to read some of his entirely terrific poetry. Al and Jack cover the waterfront about this brilliant Mississippi-born, Detroit-raised California poet laureate. Al reveals how he can‚Äôt get started‚ÄĒand clues us into the identity of the elusive O.O. Gabugah. Listen to Al as he uncovers ‚Äúdreams so long deferred / that laser-lined Thought Police 100 years from now / still can‚Äôt decrypt the meaning of their blood; / their blues.‚ÄĚ
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Al Young and Jack Foley pose for Adelle Foley after taping a lengthy interview for Cover to Cover, Jack’s popular Wednesday afternoon KPFA¬†radio show devoted to authors, books and literary cultures. | January 2013
A Woman’s Eye, Mixed Media, San Francisco Peace and Hope
Al Young and painter Elizabeth Hack at the AWE Gallery opening for The Wave Series, her mixed media exhibit (February 3-24, 2013). The artist also founded and edits San Francisco Peace and Hope, a literary journal devoted to poetry and visual art.
With mic in hand, Marvin Hiemstra performs his just-published Mona Lisa poem.¬†
Marvin & Company
Saturday afternoon poetry audience at San Francisco’s 3300 Club (Satisfied owner-poet Nancy Keane in red watches from behind the bar).¬† |¬†¬†
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Poets Geri Digiorno and Al Young, smile pretty for Bill Vartnaw, publisher and editor of Taurean Horn Books, and Sonoma County’s current poet laureate.
Poets laureate Geri Digiorno and Bill Vartnaw enjoying one of emcee Jeanne Powell‘s slyly tendered back-stories.
Waiting for Barry Harris at the Village Vanguard
Q | What do pianist Barry Harris, ethnomusicologist Mark Slobin, and psycholinguist Dan Slobin share?
A | All three Detroiters have been friends to Al Young since the 1950s. Dan and Mark emailed this snapshot of themselves while they waited for Barry to begin his opening Friday night set at New York’s Village Vanguard, January 18, 2013.
Holidays chez Prez 2012
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Running, Jumping, Standing Still, the MFA in Writing seminar, at the December close of California College of the Arts’ 2012 fall semester, San Francisco | (back row L-R) William Hughes, Chlo√© Veylit, Dahlia Baeshen, Sarah Bushman, Jill Tydor, Vernon Keeve III,¬† Erin Ginder-Shaw, Maggie Heaps; (front row L-R) Ariel Cohen, Kristin Adochio, Al Young
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Balcony perch, Key West, Florida | January 2005
Blue-pink, December sky blackens
into the giant Christmas Eve we crave
so much we lock it down,
pimp it out, and all but buy.
— Al Young