Royal Young was born and bred on New York's Lower East Side. His debut memoir Fame Shark will be released June 2013 from Heliotrope Books. Young pioneered a column of literary coverage for Interview Magazine online, profiles celebrities in their homes for the New York Post and explores the changing face of the downtown art and culture scene for The Lo Down. His debut fiction was featured as a Sunday Story in Vol. 1 Brooklyn. Other work has appeared or is forthcoming in BOMB Magazine, The Believer, The Villager, Jewcy, The Forward, 3:AM Magazine, Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, New York Press, Downtown Express and The Rumpus among others.