Gary Young

TitleLecturer,
Director, Cowell Press,
Gary D. Licker Memorial Chair at Cowell College
DivisionHumanities Division
DepartmentLiterature Department,
Creative Writing Program,
Cowell College
AffiliationsKresge College,
Cowell College,
Porter College
Phone831-459-5261 (Office),
831-459-1924 (Message)
Email,
Web Sitegary-young.net
OfficeHumanities 1 229
Office HoursFall 2017, Tuesday and Thursday, 10:30 - 11:30
Campus Mail StopHumanities Academic Services
Mail1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA
95064
Gary Young

Research Interests

The prose poem; fine printing; print making; publishing and book design.

Biography, Education and Training

Gary Young is a poet and artist whose honors include grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Vogelstein Foundation, the California Arts Council, and two fellowship grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. He has received a Pushcart Prize, and his latest book of poems, That's What I Thought, won the Lexi Rudnitsky Editor's Choice Award from Persea Books. His book The Dream of a Moral Life, won the James D. Phelan Award. He is the author of several other collections of poetry including Hands; Days; Braver Deeds, winner the Peregrine Smith Poetry Prize; No Other Life, winner of the William Carlos Williams Award of the Poetry Society of America; Pleasure; and most recently, Even So: New and Selected Poems. He is the co-editor of The Geography of Home: California’s Poetry of Place; Bear Flag Republic: Prose Poems and Poetics from California; and One for the Money: The Sentence as a Poetic Form. He has produced a series of artist’s books, most notably Nine Days: New York, A Throw of the Dice and My Place Here Below. Since 1975 he has designed, illustrated, and printed limited edition books and broadsides at his Greenhouse Review Press. His print work is represented in numerous collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum, The Getty Center for the Arts, and special collection libraries throughout the country. He was Santa Cruz County’s first Poet Laureate, and he is Santa Cruz County’s 2012 Artist of the Year. He teaches Creative Writing and directs the Cowell Press at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Honors, Awards and Grants

2017 Gary D. Licker Memorial Chair at Cowell College


2017 Lexi Rudnitsky Editor's Choice Award, Persea Books


2014 Pavel Machotka Chair in Creative Studies at Porter College


2014 George Bogin Memorial Award


2013 Lucille Medwick Memorial Award


2012 Santa Cruz County Artist of the Year


2009 Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America


2010 Santa Cruz County Poet Laureate


2003 & 1981, National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship Grants


2002 William Carlos Williams Award of the Poetry Society of America


2001 Lyric Poem Award of the Poetry Society of America


1992 Pushcart Prize


1998 Peregrine Smith Poetry Prize


1998 Amaranth Prose Poetry Prize 


1996 Adrienne Lee Award in Poetry


1994 Western Books Exhibition Competition Winner


1993 California Arts Council Grant in Poetry


1992 Pushcart Prize


1991 Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation Grant in Poetry


1990 Dewar’s Young Artists Recognition Award in Literature


1990 The John Ciardi Fellowship in Poetry


1986 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship


1986 James D. Phelan Award in Literature

Selected Publications


  • That's What I Thought, 2018, Persea Books.

  • Precious Mirror: from the Calligrpahy of Kobun Chino Otogawa Roshi, with translations by Gary Young, 2018, White Pine Press.

  • Even So: New and Selected Poems, 2012, White Pine Press.

  • One for the Money: The Sentence as a Poetic Form, 2012, Lynx House Press.

  • Bear Flag Republic: Prose Poems and Poetics from California, 2008, Greenhouse Review Press / Alcatraz Editions.

  • No Other Life, poems, 2002, Creative Arts Books.

Selected Exhibitions


  • California Printers in the Fine Press Tradition, 1975-2006: Selections from Stanford's Special Collections.

  • Ninety from the Nineties: A Decade of Printing, New York Public Library.

  • By Chance: Serendipity and Randomness in Contemporary Artists’ Books, Yale Sterling Library.

  • American Book Arts. Istvá Király Múzeum, Székesfehérvár, Hungary.

  • The Last Book, “El último libro,” Biblioteca Nacional Argentina, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

  • Pyramid Atlantic Book Art Fair Invitational. Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

  • Hands at Work: A Celebration of American Book Crafts. The Institute for the Book Arts, The University of Alabama.

Teaching Interests

Poetry, Book Arts, print making and book design.

Courses Taught

LTCR 194A, Senor Projects in Poetry
LTCR 183, Advanced Poetry Workshop
LTCR 53, Intermediate Poetry Workshop
COWL 70A, Fundamentals of Printing
LTCR 170, Methods and Materials: The Writer’s Vocation and the Making of Books