Poems by Abe Louise Young

Torn Screens

Ninth Ward Jazz

Feminesto: dialogue


Abe Louise Young, ’99, was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. A Sophia Smith Scholar in Poetry and a dynamic presence here on campus, Young served as the Poetry Center’s first intern, working closely with Elizabeth Alexander and Annie Boutelle as the Poetry Center was created and through its first two years.

A gifted poet herself, Young is two-time winner of the Academy of American Poets Anne Bradstreet prize, as well as runner-up in the Ellen LaForge memorial Poetry Competition, and was awarded the Nell Altizer Prize in Poetry from Hawaii Review. She is author of a poetry chapbook, Anchor in the Beet-Field, and finalist for the 2001 Philip Levine Prize in poetry for “Where Women Sleep in Waves.”

After leaving Smith, Young earned an M.A. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University, taught writing at Loyola University in Chicago, and went on to complete an MFA at the University of Texas at Austin, where she was a James Michener Fellow. She has published poems, essays, and reviews in many journals and anthologies. Editor of Hip Deep: Opinion, Essays, and vision from American Teenagers, she has led writing workshops with residents of public housing and gifted high school students and won high reviews for innovative teaching on the college level. Young has also worked as an oral history consultant for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Danish-American Dialogue for Human Rights, and is Founder and Director of Alive in Truth: The New Orleans Disaster Oral History Project.


See also Abe Lousie Young's poem in the Alumnae Poetry section






    Poetry Center Reading:
    Fall 2007