Mr. Young, a professor of English and creative writing and a curator of rare books and archives at Emory University, will take up the position in late fall. He succeeds the historian Khalil Gibran Muhammad, who left to become a professor at Harvard.
Mr. Young, 45, is the author of 11 books, including “Blue Laws: Selected and Uncollected Poems, 1995-2015” and “The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness,” which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism. At Emory he helped spearhead a number of major acquisitions, including archives of Jack Kerouac, and Flannery O’Connor and Lucille Clifton.
“Kevin Young is one of the country’s most distinguished curators and writers,” William Kelly, the New York Public Library’s director of research libraries, said in a statement. “We’re delighted to welcome him.”
By Harry Williams (@HarryWiliams1)