Gideon Young is a member of the Carolina African American Writers’ Collective, the Carrboro Poets Council, the Haiku Society of America, and the North Carolina Haiku Society.

Find his work in Acorn, Backbone Press, Carve Magazine, Callaloo, Duality, first frost, frogpond, Haibun Today, Haiku Page #10, JUXTA, Kingfisher, Modern Haiku, North Carolina Literary Review, Obsidian: Literature in the African Diaspora, Our State Magazine, Ribbons, Spillway, The Long River Review, The Heron’s Nest, The Journal of Black Mountain College Studies, The Pan Haiku Review, Sons and Daughters Literary Journal, The White ElephantWales Haiku Journal, WALTER Magazine, and Wild Plum Haiku.

Gideon’s work is anthologized in All the Songs We Sing, Black Gold: An Anthology of Black Poetry, World Enough Writers Coffee Anthology, They Gave Us Life: Celebrating Mothers, Fathers & Others in Haiku, The Elizabeth Keckley Reader: A Determined Life, Vol. II, and The Unexpected Weight.

Gideon’s poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, the Haiku Foundation Touchstone Award, and inclusion in the Orison Anthology. His haiku have been translated into French. He received 2nd place in the 2020 James Applewhite Poetry Prize for kwansaba crown. His poetry is included in Best Spiritual Literature 2022 (Orison Books)

Gideon’s debut haiku collection my hands full of light was published by Backbone Press, Spring 2021. He is co-author of One Window’s Light: A Collection of Haiku, published by Unicorn Press, 2017, winner of the Haiku Society of America Merit Award for Best Anthology.

Gideon is the author of Prince Rivers: A Leader for Justice, a biography, Play Ball!, a historical fiction chapter book, and Art For Change, a realistic fiction chapter book. For young readers, all three publications are forthcoming from Gibbs Smith Education in 2023/24.

In summer 2021, supported by the Arts Education Partnership and the Education Commission of the States, Gideon created A Curious Honeybee, a film that “provides an experiential learning environment by activating visual, musical, natural, and emotional literacies…[offering] welcome through traditional and digital elements of literacy.”

Gideon earned a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from North Carolina State University and Bachelor’s in Literature from the University of Connecticut. Winner of a Borchardt Award from Global Teachers NC, Gideon is a Fellow for A+ Schools of North Carolina, a K-12 Literacy Specialist, and former Title 1 Elementary School Teacher. He is a winner of a 2023 Arts in Education Artist Residency Grant from the North Carolina Arts Council.

Gideon is a North Carolina Writers’ Network manuscript editor. He has served on the North Carolina state advisory board for the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet Series and continues to serve as judge for a variety of state, national, and international poetry contests. A stay-at-home dad, Gideon lives in Chapel Hill, NC.

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Carolina African American Writers’ Collective

A+ Schools of North Carolina

Carrboro Poets Council

North Carolina Writers’ Network

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