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Born and raised in Utah, Darlene Young currently lives in South Jordan with her husband and sons. She received her BA from Brigham Young University (1994) and, after raising her family, returned there for her MFA (2014). She teaches Creative Writing and Literature of the LDS People at Brigham Young University and Brigham Young University-Salt Lake.
Young writes poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction. Her essay “Notes on the Back of the Recipe,” which appeared in North Dakota Quarterly, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Other essays have appeared in various journals. Her poetry collection, Homespun and Angel Feathers, was published by BCC Press in 2019. Her poetry has been anthologized in Fire in the Pasture: 21st Century Mormon Poets (Peculiar Pages, 2011), Moth and Rust (Signature, 2017), The Best of Mormonism (Curelom Books, 2009), The Mother in Me (Deseret Book, 2008) and other collections. Her YA novel, Inside Out, won second place in the Utah Arts Council contest, 2009.