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Kevin Young’s Brown: Poems

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1888 Center

115 North Orange Street

Orange, California 92866

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Kevin Young is the Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem and the Poetry Editor of the New Yorker. He is the author of thirteen books of poetry and prose, most recently Brown: Poems (2018), a powerful collection of thirty-two taut poems that meditate on blackness and brownness in America. The New York Times Book Review calls Brown: Poems a “political in the best, most visceral way, critical, angry, squinting hard at this culture—while remaining at the same time deeply and lovingly personal.”


Illuminations: UCI Reading Group is a collaboration between the University of California, Irvine and 1888. The reading group meets to marvel at the inner-workings of fiction and poetry. Everyone is welcome: No previous experience or training required. Although it’s great if you’ve read the book beforehand, it’s not required, because we’ll always begin by reading a passage aloud together. We’ll then work through some of the writing’s mechanical elements—sometimes called “craft”—to get a better sense of what makes the story speak to us. Hosted by Sam Richardson and Sunny Nagra.

Reading Group is led by writers from the MFA Programs in Writing at the University of California, Irvine. The discussions coincide with the UCI Illuminations Authors Series, giving participants a chance to familiarize themselves with the work of visiting writers at UCI.

Sam Richardson is a poet of the Osage Nation from Baltimore, Maryland. She is a current MFA candidate in the Programs in Writing at UC Irvine, and also teaches poetry to youth on the Osage reservation in Oklahoma. Her writing is foremost an offering to her people.

Sunny Nagra is a poet. Raised throughout Southern California, he currently attends the MFA program at UCI for Creative Writing. His writing has appeared in Best American Experimental Writing Anthology (BAX) 2015.

With your RSVP, receive a 10% discount at the 1888 Bookshop on the day of the event.

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