Reggie Scott Young

Poet, Fiction Writer, Creative Nonfiction Writer

San Antonio, TX
Texas US

Author's Bio

Reggie Scott Young, a native of Chicago’s West Side, is a scholar and writer who most recently served as Professor of Creative Writing and American Literatures at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. His poems, stories, and works of nonfiction have appeared in Fifth Wednesday Journal, Louisiana Literature, Oxford American, and African American Review. He served as guest-editor of Obsidian Literary Journal’s special issue on Jeffery Renard Allen, and he also co-edited Mozart and Leadbelly: Stories and Essays by Ernest J. Gaines and This Louisiana Thing That Drives Me: The Legacy of Ernest J. Gaines. His poems in this volume are excerpts from his recent book of poetry, Yardbirds Squawking at the Moon.

Publications & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

Revise the Psalm: Work Inspired by the Writing of Gwendolyn Brooks (Curbside Splendor Publishing, 2017)
The Christian Imagination: The Practice of Faith in Literature and Writing (Harold Shaw Publishing, 2002)


African American Review
Louisiana Literature


Yardbirds Squawking at the Moon (Louisiana Literature Press, 2015)
African American Review
Fifth Wednesday Journal
Louisiana Literature
The Spoon River Quarterly

Personal Favorites

What I'm reading now: 
All Souls: Essential Poems by Brenda Marie Osbey, A House of My Own: Stories from Life by Sandra Cisneros, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami, The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander , Traveling Heavy: A Memoir Between Journeys by Ruth Behar

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Identifies as: 
African American, Black
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Born in: 
Louisville, KY
Raised in: 
Chicago, IL
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Last update: Mar 02, 2021