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Cameron McGill Reads "Armpit" by Ross Gay

Cameron McGill is a poet, educator, and musician living in Moscow, ID. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The American Poetry Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, RHINO, Western Humanities Review, and elsewhere. His chapbook, Meridians, is available from Willow Springs Books. His debut full-length collection, In The Night Field is available June 1st, 2021 from Augury Books. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Idaho and teaches at Washington State University, where he co-directs the Visiting Writers Series.
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Ross Gay is PEN America Literary Award Finalist, Releases Album

Be Holding: A Poem (University of Pittsburgh Press), written by Bloomington poet Ross Gay, is a finalist for the 2021 PEN America PEN/Jean Stein Book Award. The book-length poem is described as “a love song” to legendary basketball player Julius Erving. In March, Bloomington independent music label JagJaguwar digitally released...

The Book of Delights by Ross Gay is 2021 One Maryland One Book Selection

Maryland Humanities is pleased to announce the selection of The Book of Delights: Essays by Ross Gay for the 2021 One Maryland One Book program. The Book of Delights is a collection of lyrical essays. Gay wrote one essay per day over a year and took the time to find “delights” in his everyday life. The essays range in topic from the beauties in nature to what it is to be a black man in America. Readers can look to Gay’s collection as a guide to finding their own daily “delights.” The book was chosen by a committee of librarians, educators, authors, and bibliophiles in February from more than 160 titles suggested last fall by readers across the state for the theme, “Hope.”
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Lively Arts Program: Poet Ross Gay Visits the MS

Contributed by MS English and History teacher Matt Trowbridge '98. Scroll to the bottom for a Flickr album of photos:. In three sessions on Monday, May 10, Princeton Day School Middle School students were engaged and inspired by the exuberant Ross Gay. The world-renowned poet, essayist, gardener, athlete, teacher, coach (and more) shared with us his writing process and commitment to finding joy and delight in the everyday. Mr. Gay also shared pieces from his published books of poetry: Against Which; Bringing the Shovel Down; Be Holding; and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, which won the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award.
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The Book Of Delights By Ross Gay Is 2021 One Maryland One Book Selection

(Baltimore, MD)—Maryland Humanities is pleased to announce the selection of The Book of Delights: Essays by Ross Gay for the 2021 One Maryland One Book program. The Book of Delights is a collection of lyrical essays. Gay wrote one essay per day over a year and took the time to find “delights” in his everyday life. The essays […] The post The Book Of Delights By Ross Gay Is 2021 One Maryland One Book Selection appeared first on The Southern Maryland Chronicle.

National Poetry Month Day 29: Ross Gay

And there are hours or days or weeks or sometimes longer where you, by which I mean I, lose track of having done anything right, anything good, anything not bad, in fact—not to diagnose, but to describe, or at least say it, at least say it, and I suspect it is what makes me sometimes want so badly to be alone, so badly to flee into my long and abiding and gentle solitude, that I feel in some genuine sparrow and oxen part of myself that I should go away, the what have I done I’m talking about, and away the light would turn the pawpaw leaves into stained glass canoes, away the light would fall in cleansing shafts through the dark, or away the faces of strangers would not even notice me except as another animal dragging his long nose through the grasses, and so yes and thank you somedays but always too to have a grown man who you coached as a child tell you by which I mean me like snapping his fingers like the tenderest throttle like how sweet it was that time you came up to the crooked hoop at the school when me and my brother were shooting and you talked to us little kids and rebounded for us a little as we clanged our shots and joked with us laughed with us and complimented mine and Dougie’s shots before taking off I never forgot that thank you.
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Poet Ross Gay To Talk About Newest Work

Titcomb’s Bookshop is celebrating National Poetry Month on Tuesday, April 27, with a virtual event featuring poet and educator Ross Gay. Start time is 7 PM. Mr. Gay is the author most recently of the book-length poem, “Be Holding,” released in September 2020, as well as the poetry collections “Against Which,” “Bringing the Shovel Down,” “Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude,” Lace and Pyrite: Letters from Two Gardens,” with Aimee Nezhukumatathil, and “River” with Rose Wehrenberg. His collection of essays, “The Book of Delights,” was released in 2019.

WVC presents writers Ross Gay and Scott Russell Sanders April 22

Joan Qazi, WVC sustainability coordinator, Derek Sheffield, WVC English faculty, Libby Siebens, WVC community relations executive director, 509-682-6436. In celebration of Earth Day, Wenatchee Valley College will be hosting two celebrated Earth writers, Ross Gay and Scott Russell Sanders from 1-2 p.m., Thursday, April 22. The event is...

Youngstown Native Ross Gay Wins National Poetry Award

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Poet Ross Gay, a Youngstown native, has won the 2021 Jean Stein Book Award for his latest release, “Be Holding: A Poem.”. Released in September, “Be Holding: A Poem” is centered on basketball legend Julius “Dr. J” Erving. More than just a story of Erving, the book connects the theme of imagination to the Igbo people of western Africa, the slave trade’s Middle Passage, photography, pick-up basketball, music, state violence and familial love.
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Youngstown native Ross Gay wins PEN America award

YOUNGSTOWN — Poet Ross Gay won the 2021 Jean Stein Award for his newest book, “Be Holding, A Poem.”. The PEN America award comes with a $75,000 prize and highlights “a book-length work of any genre for its originality, merit and impact which has broken new ground by reshaping the boundaries of its form and signaling strong potential for lasting influence.”
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5 takeaways from Ross Gay on ‘The Book of Delights’: Everybody Reads 2021

One summer day in 2016, the poet and essayist Ross Gay decided, in his words, “that it might feel nice, even useful to write a daily essay about something delightful.”. He began on his next birthday, Aug. 1, and finished a year later. The resulting collection of short essays, “The Book of Delights,” is infused with optimism as it finds joy in all sorts of aspects of life: praying mantises, Zadie Smith’s writing, getting a drink in a coffee shop, an unexpected comment about pecans.
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Everybody Reads: Ross Gay

Literary Arts presents the culminating event of their 2021 Everybody Reads with an online lecture by author Ross Gay Thursday, April 8, 6 pm. Gay’s 30-minute talk will be followed by a 40-minute interview with local bestselling author, Lidia Yuknavitch. Sliding scale event tickets at
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Poems and Other Delights: An Evening with Ross Gay

Ross Gay began his March 2 reading with pieces he called “cousins of poems”—genre-bending essays from “The Book of Delights.” But not before an introduction by Jeanine DeRusha, English professor at Manchester Community College, who—more than his myriad accomplishments as poet and writer (Gay is a Guggenheim recipient)—emphasized the need for poetry in a time where she has never had so many students speak so candidly to her about depression and anxiety. Representing the Connecticut Poetry Circuit as its 2020-21 touring poet, Gay reminded a youthful audience of 80 about the bright, gentle worlds made possible through poetry.