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Damon Young

Author of What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker
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Damon Young is a writer, critic, and satirist. His debut memoir What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker: A Memoir In Essays (Ecco/HarperCollins) won the 2020 Thurber Prize for American Humor and Barnes & Noble's 2019 Discover Award.

It was also longlisted 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." 

Damon's also the co-founder of the culture blog VerySmartBrothas, was a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, a columnist for GQ, and has written for The Atlantic, Esquire, TIme Magazine, NY Mag, The Undefeated, EBONY, and The Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Young is also the creator and host of a forthcoming podcast with Crooked Media.

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