Gary Young is a poet and artist whose numerous honors include recognition from the Poetry Society of America–the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award (2013), the Shelley Memorial Award (2009), the William Carlos Williams Award (2003), and the Lyric Poem Award (2001). Young has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Vogelstein Foundation, and the California Arts Council. He was awarded two fellowship grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Pushcart Prize, and the James D. Phelan Award. He is the author of several collections of poetry including Adversary, Pleasure, Even So: New and Selected Poems, No Other Life, Pleasure, Braver Deeds, Days, and Hands. Young was the first Poet Laureate of Santa Cruz County, and in 2012 he was named Santa Cruz County Artist of the Year. Since 1975 he has designed, illustrated, and printed limited edition books and broadsides at his Greenhouse Review Press. His print work is represented in collections which include the Museum of Modern Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum, The Getty Center for the Arts, and special collection libraries throughout the country. He teaches creative writing, and directs the Cowell Press at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Young is the Cabrillo Festival’s 2016 Poet in Residence, and his works are posted on our blog.