David Young

Ohio, United States

Member Since: 08/22/2012

David Young is well known as a poet, translator, editor, literary critic, and teacher. His first poetry collection, Sweating Out the Winter, won the United States Award of the International Poetry Forum, judged by William Stafford, Stanley Kunitz, and Isabella Gardner. His latest collection, published by Knopf in 2010, is Field of Light and Shadow: Selected and New Poems. He has also published literary criticism in the form of four studies of Shakespeare, one of Yeats, and one of the development of international modernism. Since 1969 he has been an editor of FIELD magazine, a semiannual journal of poetry and poetics, and since 1976 he has been an editor at Oberlin College Press, of the FIELD Translation Series and the FIELD Poetry Prize, as well as numerous anthologies. Among his best-known translations are Rilke's Duino Elegies (Norton), The Poetry of Petrarch (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). Holub's Intensive Care (OC Press), Five T'ang Poets (OC Press), Du Fu, A Life in Poetry (Knopf), and Basho, Moon Woke Me Up Nine Times (Knopf). His creative nonfiction work, Seasoning: A Poet's Year, contains poems, prose, and recipes.  His website is davidyoungpoet.com.

Website: davidyoungpoet.com


  • Field of Light and Shadow: Selected and New Poems , Knopf (2010)


  • Guggenheim Fellow(1979)


  • Emeritus Longman Professor of English and Creative Writing at Oberlin College (1961 - 2003)


  • Doctoral Degree in English Literature from Yale (June 1966)

Genres of Interest

Creative nonfiction, Poetry