C. Dale Young

C. Dale Young (Fiction, Poetry) | San Francisco, CA

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C. Dale Young is the author of four books of poetry, most recently The Halo (Four Way Books 2016). His collection of linked short stories, The Affliction, is due out from Four Way in early 2018. A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation, he practices medicine full-time and teaches in the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers.


The Affliction (Four Way Books, 2018). Short Stories. Fiction.
The Halo (Four Way Books, 2016). Poetry.
Torn (Four Way Books, 2011). Poetry.

The Second Person (Four Way Books, 2007). Poetry.
The Day Underneath the Day (Northwestern UP, 2001). Poetry.

Blurbs, Press & Reviews

“Young’s poems are so fierce and serrated.”
—Jeff Gordinier, New York Times Book Review

“Young is a doctor as well as a poet, and [his work] demonstrates a skilled physician’s combination of empathy and formal precision.”
—David Orr, NPR

“Sometimes the ability to convey information compactly and quickly has moral grace. [Young’s] writing can put garrulous narration or evasive speechifying to shame.”
—Robert Pinsky, The Washington Post

“[W]e cannot rely on art to tell us the whole truth or even depend upon those who are supposed to protect us. And yet, [C. Dale Young] is compelled to make visible the darkness around us. Whether or not that itself is an act of tenderness, Young refuses to say for certain. And that is what makes his poetry a crucible where readers must confront their own beliefs—about poetry, society, and themselves.”
—Christopher Hennessy, Ploughshares

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