California Poet Laureate Al Young will visit Crescent City on Friday as a part of his andquot;Top to Bottom Tourandquot; of rural and andquot;out of the wayandquot; towns around the state.

While here, Young will make visits to two schools and will sign copies of his most recent book of poetry, andquot;Coastal Nights and Inland Afternoons,andquot; at a 5:30 p.m. chamber mixer. The mixer will be held near the Del Norte Public Library, where winners of The Daily Tripli-cate/Business Improvment District's youth poetry contest will also read their works.

Young and local poet Ken Letko will give a poetry reading beginning at 7 p.m. inside the library, for which a $2 donation is requested.

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