Gideon Young is a member of the Carolina African American Writers’ Collective and the Carrboro Poets Council. Find his poetry in Acorn, Backbone Press, Carve Magazine, first frost, frogpond, Haibun Today, Haiku Page 10, Kingfisher, Modern Haiku, North Carolina Literary Review, Obsidian: Literature in the African Diaspora, Spillway, The Long River Review, The Heron’s Nest, The Journal of Black Mountain College Studies, Sons and Daughters Literary Journal, The White ElephantWales Haiku Journal 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, and The Elizabeth Keckley Reader: A Determined Life, Vol. II. His 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.

Gideon’s debut haiku collection my hands full of light was published by Backbone Press, Spring 2021. He is the author of Prince Rivers: A Leader for Justice, an early/middle reader biography forthcoming from Gibbs Smith Education in 2022, as well as, Art For Change, a multiple-intelligences realistic fiction novel for young readers, also forthcoming from Gibbs Smith Education in 2022. Gideon 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. He received 2nd place in the 2020 James Applewhite Poetry Prize for his poem kwansaba crown.

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. A stay-at-home dad, Gideon lives in Chapel Hill, NC.

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The Carolina African American Writers’ Collective

A+ Schools of North Carolina

The Carrboro Poets Council