Stephen Young began as an assistant at Poetry in 1988 and served as Senior Editor for many years before he became Program Director at the Poetry Foundation in 2003. He received an Everett Helm Fellowship for work on Dear Editor: A History of Poetry in Letters, co-edited with Joseph Parisi and published in the Fall of 2002 by W. W. Norton. With Joseph Parisi, he also co-edited The Poetry Anthology 1912-2002 (Ivan R. Dee, Publisher, 2002) and Between the Lines: A History of Poetry in Letters 1962-2002 (Ivan R. Dee, Publisher, 2006).  As Program Director, among other things, he runs the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest for high school students.

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