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Andy Young will read from several different projects which span nearly two decades. Her latest collection is her fourth chapbook, John Swenson Dynamicron, which is read in an interactive way, inviting the audience to participate in a kind of absurd refrain.
This contrasts greatly with her first chapbook, mine, which reflects on her family’s Appalachian heritage and draws on the family narratives and music of coalmines and struggle. Her other two chapbooks contrast: one a response to the Egyptian Revolution and one a collaboration with an artist and a meditation on the element of fire. Reading a sample from each of these chapbooks would provide a glimpse into her winding literary journey.
Andy Young is an artist/teacher in the creative writing department at NOCCA/Riverfront in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her most recent chapbook, All Fires the Fire, was published this year in a limited, hand-made edition by Faulkner House Books (orders: call 504-524-2940 or email Faulkhouse@aol.com), and her chapbook, mine, was recently reprinted by Lavender Ink. Winner of the Faulkner Society’s Marble Faun Award, Pushcart Prize nominee and a Louisiana Division of the Arts Fellow, she was a guest of the US Consulate in Monterrey, Mexico, in the summer of 2003 where she read and performed her work. Her poems have recently appeared in Dublin’s The Stinging Fly and in the anthology Another South: Experimental Writing in the South. Originally from West Virginia, her words have been translated into Spanish, Catalan and Arabic and featured in electronic music, jewelry designs, and dance and theatre productions.