poem for a friend growing lighter and lighter
dancing girl press, 2018
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32 page chapbook
This long poem tells the story of two writers who correspond daily with macabre joy and unquenchable humor, as one of the writers goes through the strange journey from cancer diagnosis to death.
--questions for the surgeon
What are the colors of a neural network?
When you sew, do you sing?
Are brains as singular as faces,
do they twitch, grimace, get shy, look away?
Is it dark in there? Does it ever flood?
Will you also show us your scars?
"These poems are lush, melodious, striking. Abe Louise Young isn't afraid to be brash, to be soft, to be big, to be the one to tell the queer kids to keep living. This is a potent and necessary collection."
— Amy King, author of The Missing Museum (Tarpulin Sky Book Prize) and I Want to Make You Safe
"You’ll want to let these poems close, so close you feel on your face their “heavy / secret breathing.”
— Carrie Fountain, author of Burn Lake (National Poetry Series) and Instant Winner
magnolia press collective, 2008
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"Abe Louise Young's poems thrum with raucous synaesthesia and an eerie jazz."
–Hawai'i Review, awarding the Nell Altizer Poetry Award
edited by abe louise young and the youth board of next generation press.
"A collection to wipe the sorrowful spin of news from our eyes and ears, to remind us that there is truth out there somewhere, and it's young as well as timeless, and it feels wonderful to find it." –Naomi Shihab Nye
I was honored to work with the Texas Jail Project and Executive Director Diana Claitor to help shape and curate this collection of brave voices documenting inhumane conditions in Texas incarceration environments..
In Texas county jails, thousands of people wait in dangerous and inhumane conditions, and suffer grave human rights abuses that can lead to disability and death. These thirty urgent voices of incarcerated people and their loved ones tell their own stories, and appeal for changes to the system.
alive in truth:
the new orleans disaster oral history and memory project
I founded and directed an all-volunteer response team that served for 1 year after Hurricane Katrina. Through advocacy and a listening project, we helped over sixty families gain FEMA funds, locate missing relatives, secure housing and furnishings, and build a mutual aid and empowerment community.
"An admirable, all-volunteer effort to document the lives and experiences of New Orleans evacuees. Alive in Truth is a thorough, big-picture exploration of the toll of one of America's worst natural disasters through the eyes of its victims - an invaluable historical tool." — The Austin Chronicle
creative action for equality: a toolkit for change
12 media arts lesson plans for ending sexism + racism with teens
an intersectional approach to transforming culture
by Abe Louise Young with the Prevention Team at Texas Council on Family Violence
(free download from tcfv.org)
making writing essential to teen lives
a collection of feature articles and youth contributions, including:
"Half My Heart Is In Iraq: Students with Deployed Parents Speak Out"
free download from whatkidscando.org
my dreams are not a secret: teenagers in metro detroit speak out.
an anthology of writing on race and identity
edited by Abe Louise Young for What Kids Can Do
free download from wkcd.org