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 the last week (October 2019) I received contributor copies for my essay in Summoning Our Saints: The Poetry and Prose of Brenda Marie Osbey, another essay in the MLA's Approaches to Teaching Ernest J. Gaines The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman and Other Works, and a prose story in Chicago Review's special issue on The Black Arts Movement in Chicago.