Young, Avery 2019

Thursday, August 29, 2019
Six Points Reading Series with Tara Betts and Avery Young
Chicago Water Taxi (Loop to Chinatown’s Ping Tom Park)

basement smell(t) like a raccoon
chewin on a banana laffy taffy
inside de furnace
cussin mary’s baby
& erything else

              – Avery R. Young, “[out wes(t)]”

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Watch Avery R. Young speak with WGN News about being named Chicago’s Inaugural Poet Laureate:

1. He reminded me of the character Willis Jackson from the TV show Diff’rent Strokes. This prompted me to reimagine a dark narrative of a Willis who would be bullied for having all of blk Harlem caked on him inside his new Manhattan boarding school. In front of a studio audience who wouldn’t laugh.

Avery R. Young, from “peestain”

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Watch Avery R. Young perform with De Deacon Board here:

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