Young Dawkins Poetry

Young Dawkins (DorkyDad) holds a MALS in Creative Writing from Dartmouth College, and has twice participated in the Frost Place Summer Festival of Poetry. He has had work published in several US literary journals, including Currents and Concrete Wolf. In 2001 he won the Seacoast Writers Association Poetry Prize, and his poem The Lilac Thief was included in the 2008 Poets’ Guide to New Hampshire. In 2010 Garrison Keillor selected his poem Letter to My Unborn Child for inclusion in the Writer’s Almanac on NPR.

Young was a central figure in the New Hampshire beat revival movement, where he helped found the Jazzmouth Poetry Festival, before moving to Scotland and becoming a regular on the Scottish Performance Poetry scene. He was the 2011 Scottish Slam Poetry Champion, and the 2012 runner up. In August 2011 he performed a solo show at the Edinburgh Fringe, and he hosted the BBC Edinburgh Fringe Poetry Slam in 20112012, and 2013.

In May 2011, Young went to Paris to represent Scotland in the Poetry Slam World Cup. He blogged about it here: Day 1: Bon Voyage, DorkyDad!Day 2: Lots of Merlot and a man from GlasgowDay 3: The Knock Out RoundDay 5: Letter From ParisDay 6: Last Post from Paris.

Since moving to Tasmania in 2013, Young has regularly performed at the Silver Words spoken word night, and he hosts a poetry spot at the Lazy May Markets. In December 2014 he performed with a jazz band at the Lark Cellar Door, in an event called Beat Night. In 2016 he became chair of the Tasmanian Writers’ Centre.

Beat Night Hobart


Some of Young’s press coverage is here: The New Current, 4* Review in Three Weeks, 4* Reviews in Ed Fringe Review, Guardian Edinburgh, Edinburgh Reporter, The Skinny.

Some of his performances are here: Letter to My Unborn Child (video), My Wishes (audio, with band) and The Necessary Other (audio, with band).

Listen to him interviewed at the Scottish Poetry Library here, and read his What I’m Reading Now piece for the Australian literary journal Meanjin here.

Become a fan of Young Dawkins and keep up to date with his performances and publications by visiting his Facebook page.

Contact Young and obtain a full copy of his poetry CV, or buy a copy of his book The Lilac Thief by emailing thelilacthief [at]

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