Photographs, photographic negatives, slides,
graphic works, published and draft writings, and other materials relating to
the life and literary and artistic career of Tom Young (1947-1989), author,
artist, and assistant editor of
The James White
Thomas LaMar Young was born in Wood River, Illinois, on May 14, 1947,
and received his undergraduate degree from Illinois Normal Teacher's College.
In 1975, he came to Minneapolis to seek treatment for alcohol abuse and became
an activist in the gay community. He joined COMPAS (Community Programs in the
Arts and Sciences) as an Artist in the City in 1978, and founded the Howling
Wolf Puppet Troupe. Young contributed poetry to the first issue of
The James White Review (October 1983), named after
his friend and mentor, and subsequently become an associate editor of the
periodical. From time to time he also contributed pen and ink drawings for the
Review's cover. He later explored drawing in chalk and construction of complex
collages. In the late 1980s, the corporate offices of Radisson Hotels purchased
a number of his works for their collection. Young's poetry was also published
in The Evergreen Chronicles, No Apologies, Seattle Gay
News, and PWAlive, a journal by, for, and
about persons affected with AIDS. He was creator of the comic strip
Perky's Dad, and a founder of
PWAlive. He moved between Minneapolis, Sacramento,
and Seattle, and while in the latter city he collaborated on a screenplay
concerning Stonewall. Thomas Young died on February 20, 1989.
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