2018-04-11 / Arts & Entertainment

UMF Visiting Writers Series spotlights Ross Gay

Gay is the award-winning poet of “Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude”


Ross Gay Ross Gay FARMINGTON — The University of Maine at Farmington Visiting Writers Series presents its final guest author for the year. Award-winning poet Ross Gay will read from his work at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 19, in The Landing in the UMF Olsen Student Center.

Gay is the author of “Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude,” winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award — poetry category and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. It is also a finalist for the National Book Award, the National Books Critics Award, the Ohioana Book Award, the Balcones Poetry Prize, the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award and was nominated for an NAACP Image Award.

Gay is also the author of two previous collections, “Bringing the Shovel Down” and “Against Which.” He is also the co-author of chapbooks ‘Lace and Pyrite: Letters from Two Gardens” with Aimee Nezhukumatathil and “River” with Richard Wehrenberg Jr.

He is a founding editor, with Karissa Chen and Patrick Rosal, of the online sports magazine Some Call it Ballin’, in addition to being an editor with the chapbook presses Q Avenue and Ledge Mule Press.

Gay is a founding board member of the Bloomington Community Orchard, a non-profit, free-fruit-for-all food justice and joy project. He has received fellowships from Cave Canem, the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, and the Guggenheim Foundation. He teaches at Indiana University.

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