The Canisius College Contemporary Writers Series announces a free, public live reading and conversation with Damon Young, author of What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker on Tuesday, October 13 at 7 pm ET.
Damon Young grew up in Pittsburgh, attended Canisius College on a basketball scholarship, and earned a bachelor’s degree with a major in English. He is a co-founder and the editor-in-chief of Very Smart Brothas and a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. His debut memoir, What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker: A Memoir In Essays (Ecco/HarperCollins), won the Barnes & Noble’s 2019 Discover Award and was named by NPR one of the best books of the year. It was longlisted for the PEN America Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award, nominated for an NAACP Image Award, and is a Krause Essay Prize nominee. His work has appeared in GQ, Time Magazine, The Washington Post, LitHub, Slate, The Guardian, NY Mag, and Ebony. Damon currently resides in Pittsburgh’s Northside, with his wife and two children.