American Book Award winner
to read his work at CSUS
poet, essayist, screenwriter and editor Al Young will bring his
literary talent to Sacramento during the 11th annual Festival of
the Arts, April 3-12 at California State University, Sacramento.
Young will read excerpts from his some of his award-winning works
at noon, April 4 in the CSUS University Union Hinde Auditorium.
The event is free and a reception will follow from 1:30-3 p.m. in
the Union Lobby Suite.
Born in Mississippi, Young spent his youth in the rural South and
in Detroit, Mich. He began his formal education in 1957 at the University
of Michigan, but soon left to work as a professional singer and
guitarist, disk jockey, film narrator and at a host of less glamorous
jobs, including stints as a warehouseman and yard clerk for the
Southern Pacific Railroad.
Young is a 2002 American Book Award winner, an award established
in 1978 to acknowledge the excellence and diversity of American
writing. He is a popular reader of his own work, with an ability
to bring dramatic focus and symbolic meaning to the details of everyday
life. His writings have been translated into more than a dozen languages.
For more information about the Festival of the Arts, contact the
CSUS School of the Arts at (916) 278-ARTS or see the links from
the Festival of the Arts news release at www.csus.edu/news.
Media assistance is available from CSUS public affairs at (916)