Reggie Scott Young
Poet and Writer, Scholar, and Editor
Reggie Scott Young is a former professor of creative writing and American literatures at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Wheaton College, LSU, and Villanova University. He is the author of the poetry collection YARDBIRDS SQUAWKING AT THE MOON, and his poems, stories, and essays have appeared in publications such as CHICAGO REVIEW, FIFTH WEDNESDAY JOURNAL, AFRICAN AMERICAN REVIEW, OXFORD AMERICAN, SACRED TRESPASSES, and REVISE THE PALM: CELEBRATING THE WORKS OF GWENDOLYN BROOKS.
Reggie Scott Young's YARDBIRDS SQUAWKING at the MOON
New and Vintage Poems
From the Cold War to the New Millennium, from the Bluesville section of Chicago to the bayous of south Louisiana, Reggie Scott Young takes his readers on a wild ride through half a century of American experience. The hot-button topics of race, class, religion, gender, family, and politics are all fair game to his observant eye and honest pen. Nothing is sacred to this poet, not even Abraham Lincoln or his own preacher-father’s extramarital affairs. In the democratic spirit of Whitman, Sandburg, Brooks, and Hughes, Young sends forth his “barbaric squawk” at the moon, resulting in poems that are direct, alive, necessary. (from download books.live)
New Essays and Stories in These Books
In October of 2019 I had a scholarly essay appear in Summoning Our Saints: The Poetry and Prose of Brenda Marie Osbey, a pedagogical essay in the pages of the MLA's Approaches to Teaching Ernest J. Gaines The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman and Other Works, and a short piece of creative nonfiction in Chicago Review's special issue on The Black Arts Movement in Chicago (although the editor listed it as fiction). More recently, my rather crude poem titled "Lady Antebellum" appeared in the Rivard Report, a San Antonio online publication (https://sanantonioreport.org/viva-macondo-lady-antebellum/). Makes me wonder if it was the appearance of that poem that prompted the group to change its name. Who knows?