Literature and Rare Books Spotlight: Kathleen Tankersley Young

One popular way that people observe Women’s History Month is by reading works written by women.  If you’re looking for more ways to celebrate women in literature why not learn more about women in publishing?

One woman who took part in the publishing industry was Kathleen Tankersley Young.  Young was an African-American poet and editor at the time of the Harlem Renaissance.  In 1929 Young, in collaboration with Charles Henri Ford and Parker Tyler, published Blues: A Magazine of New RhythmsBlues was a literary magazine that contained contributions from noted modernists such as Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and William Carlos Williams.  Blues can be found in the Serials series of the Authors and Poets collection.

Young also was the founder of Modern Editions Press, which published pamphlets featuring writing from various literary figures and a print from a contemporary artist.  Hornbake is fortunate to have two items published by Modern Editions Press, A Statement by Kay Boyle and Houndini by Bob Brown. 

If you have any questions or want to explore more of our holdings contact us!


Caroline Ackiewicz, Candidate for Master of Library & Information Science, University of Maryland.

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