Franklin College will welcome Ross Gay, author, poet, editor and English professor at Indiana University, to campus on Thursday, Sept. 19, as part of its 2019-2020 Carlson-Stauffer Visiting Writer Series. His lecture and reading, “An Evening with Ross Gay,” will take place at 7 p.m. in Hamilton Auditorium in B.F. Hamilton Library. The event is free and open to the public.
Gay is the author of three books of poetry: Against Which, Bringing the Shovel Down, and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. His collection of essays, The Book of Delights, was released by Algonquin Books in 2019. He is the also the co-author, with Aimee Nezhukumatathil, of the chapbook “Lace and Pyrite: Letters from Two Gardens,” in addition to being co-author, with Richard Wehrenberg, Jr., of the chapbook, “River.” 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.
This series is made possible through a grant from Indiana Humanities in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities. The college recently renamed the series – previously known as the Creative Writing Reading Series – to honor two recently retired English professors, Kathy Carlson and Emily Stauffer.
For more information, contact the Franklin College Office of Communications at (317) 738-8185.
POSTED Aug 27, 2019