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Ross Gay

  • 2015–2016
  • Fiction & Poetry
  • Walter Jackson Bate Fellow
  • Indiana University
Headshot of Ross Gay
Photo by Tony Rinaldo

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Ross Gay is an associate professor of English at Indiana University. His most recent book of poetry is Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015). He is a poet, essayist, community orchardist, gardener, and kettlebell teacher.

During his fellowship, Gay is working on a kind of response, or update, to Virgil’s Georgics. He hopes to understand something about our relationship(s) to the land—especially as it relates to race—particularly, perhaps, in the Anthropocene.

Gay holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and a PhD from Temple University. He is the recipient of a 2013 fellowship for poetry from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. 

Literary Arc (Harvard Gazette, 11/13/15)

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