Gideon Young is a member of the Carolina African American Writers’ Collective and the Carrboro Poets Council. Find his work in Acorn, Backbone Press, Carve Magazine, 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, Spillway, The Long River Review, The Heron’s Nest, The Journal of Black Mountain College Studies, Sons and Daughters Literary Journal, The White Elephant, Wales 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.
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, an early/middle readers biography, Men Before Soldiers, a historical fiction chapter book for young readers, as well as, Art For Change, a realistic fiction chapter book for young readers. All three publications are forthcoming from Gibbs Smith Education in 2022.
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.
Gideon is a North Carolina Writers’ Network manuscript editor and 2022 judge for the Susan Laughter Meyers Poetry Fellowship at Weymouth. He has served on the North Carolina state advisory board for the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet Series. A stay-at-home dad, Gideon lives in Chapel Hill, NC.