Thursday, June 25, 2015

Spotlight On: Ross Gay

I received a postcard from the Academy of American Poets yesterday advertising two readings at the New York Public Library. Looking into the featured poets, I found a poem by Ross Gay that fits The Five-Two's sensibilities, "For Some Slight I Can't Quite Recall".

Ross Gay will be launching his latest collection, Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, Friday, July 10 at Cave Canem (20 Jay Street #310-A, Brooklyn, NY 11201).

The New York Public Library reading with Meena Alexander, Ross Gay, and January Gill O'Neil is Tuesday, July 14 at 6:00 P.M.

Ross Gay was born on August 1, 1974 in Youngstown, Ohio. He received a BA in English/Art from Lafayette College, an MFA in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College, and a PhD in English from Temple University.

He is the author of three collections of poetry: Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015), Bringing the Shovel Down (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011), and Against Which (Cavankerry Press, 2006).

He currently teaches at Indiana University and in Drew University’s Low-Residency MFA program in Poetry and Poetry in Translation.

"Spotlight On..." will be an occasional feature about poets who have not yet contributed Five-Two Poems of the Week.

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