"[P]oetry makes nothing happen: it survives, / [...] a way of happening, a mouth." -W. H. Auden

Friday, February 18, 2011

Benefit for Dean Young in Asheville

A benefit reading, "We Heart Dean Young," will be held at Grateful Steps in Asheville, NC, Saturday, April 9. 

Dean Young, one of America's most beloved poets, is currently on a waiting list for a heart transplant. All proceeds from the event will go directly to the fund established for Dean at the National Foundation for Transplants (www.transplants.org/donate/deanyoung).

The event will begin at 7:00 p.m. A $20 donation is required at the door. In addition, a silent auction will help raise more funds; donated items will include autographed books by poets C. Dale Young and Jim Daniels, two issues of Poetry International, as well as several rare books published by Random House. All guests are encouraged to bring their favorite Dean Young poems to read; the open mic will last for most of the event. Complimentary wine and beer will be served to those guests with valid ID.

Dean Young is the author of many collections of poetry, including Strike Anywhere (1995), Skid (2002), Elegy for Toy Piano (2005), Embryoyo (2007), and Primitive Mentor (2008). His latest collection, Fall Higher, will be published this April. Dean currently lives in Austin, Texas, where he teaches at the University of Texas-Austin. He is married to the poet Laurie Young.

Grateful Steps is located at 159 South Lexington Avenue in Asheville.

Contact: Laura Hope-Gill at laura@gratefulsteps.com or Justin Bigos at justinbigos@hotmail.com.

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