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Damon Young

Co-founder of VerySmartBrothas and Senior Editor of The Root
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Damon Young is writer, critic, humorist, satirist. His debut memoir, What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker: A Memoir In Essays, is a tragicomic exploration of the angsts, anxieties, and absurdities of existing while black in America.

His memoir won the Barnes & Noble's 2019 Discover Award. It was also long-listed for the PEN America Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award, nominated for both an NAACP Image Award and a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and is a Krause Essay Prize nominee. NPR, which named it one of the best books of 2019, called it an "outstanding collection of nonfiction."  

He's also the co-founder and editor in chief of VerySmartBrothas – coined "the blackest thing that ever happened to the internet" by The Washington Post – a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, and a columnist for GQ. Ava DuVernay called his voice "clear and critical." Michael Eric Dyson said he's "one of the most important young voices in humor writing today." And Kiese Laymon called his work "the best of American twenty-first century writing."

Damon currently resides in Pittsburgh's Northside, with his wife and two children.


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