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Kevin Young and Colson Whitehead in Conversation at The Church

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Pulitzer Prize-winning author Colson Whitehead. CHRIS CLOSE

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Colson Whitehead. CHRIS CLOSE

Kevin Young, the Andrew W. Mellon Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. LEAH L. JONES

Kevin Young, the Andrew W. Mellon Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. LEAH L. JONES

authorStaff Writer on May 16, 2024

The Church welcomes the Smithsonian’s Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) as the presenting partner in a collaboration centering on Black creativity. Kevin Young, the Andrew W. Mellon Director of NMAAHC, joins The Church for three intimate and thought-provoking dialogues with artistic visionaries.

In the inaugural discussion on Saturday, July 6 at 4:30 p.m. Kevin will be joined by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, Colson Whitehead. Whitehead spent his formative years in Sag Harbor.

Colson Whitehead is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of eleven works of fiction and nonfiction and is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for ‘The Nickel Boys’ and ‘The Underground Railroad,’ which also won the National Book Award. A recipient of MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships, he lives in New York City.

Kevin Young is the Andrew W. Mellon Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. Young is the poetry editor of The New Yorker, where he also hosts the poetry podcast. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard College and a Master of Fine Arts from Brown University. He has held a Stegner Fellowship in Poetry at Stanford, a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, and a NEA fellowship. Young is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and was named a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 2020.

Tickets are $10 for nonmembers ($5 members) and can be purchased at thechurchsagharbor.org. The Church is at 48 Madison Street, Sag Harbor.

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