Kathleen Tankersley Young

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Kathleen Tankersley Young (1903–1933[1]) was an African-American poet and editor associated with the Harlem Renaissance. "Almost forgotten by literary history, Kathleen Tankersley Young's name appears like a cipher through little magazines of the late 1920s and early 1930s, and in anthologies of Harlem Renaissance and American women's poetry."[2] Young died in Mexico in 1933.[1]

Young was editor at the Modern Editions Press. Together with Charles Henri Ford and Parker Tyler, she started Blues: A Magazine of New Rhythms in 1929.[3] She contributed poems to most of the nine issues of Blues. She married David Jerome Ellinger. Her literary friends included Ezra Pound and Gertrude Stein.[4]


  • Ten poems, 1930
  • The dark land: poems, 1932
  • The pepper trees: a cycle of three stories, 1932
  • Apology for love, 1933


  1. ^ a b Graphic Arts Collection
  2. ^ Eric White (1 March 2013). Transatlantic Avant-Gardes: Little Magazines and Localist Modernism. Edinburgh University Press. p. 187. ISBN 978-0-7486-4521-3. Retrieved 21 May 2013.
  3. ^ Archive of Blues: A Magazine for New Rhythms in the collection of Indra Tamang/Charles Henri Ford, New York.
  4. ^ Kathleen Tankersley Young Correspondence: Description at Princeton University Library