Dean Young receives heart transplant

“Dean’s new heart is in and beating,” says the Friends of Dean Young Facebook page. Young received a much-needed heart transplant on April 15, according to the National Foundation for Transplants.

One of the best and most beloved poets writing today, Young had been in need of the transplant for some time. His former heart had an eight percent ejection rate; at a benefit for Young last January, the poet Mary Karr likened this to a heart “pumping out one teaspoon of blood when it is supposed to be pumping out two tablespoons.”

A fundraiser for Young will be held at Normandale Community College Theatre in Bloomington, MN this Friday, April 29. You can read more about Dean Young and his work here, here and here. His newest book, Fall Higher, will be released by Copper Canyon Press this year. Here is our video coverage of a benefit held last January in New York City. Video by DJ Dolack: