Ross Gay: Launch of The Book of DelightsFriday, February 15, 2019 @ 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Join us for the Pittsburgh launch of The Book of Delights with author Ross Gay! Ross Gay’s program will be preceded by a short reading with Saretta Morgan.
Ross Gay, winner of the NBCC Award for Poetry, is celebrating the release of his spirited collection of short lyric essays here at Alphabet City!
The Book of Delights is a genre-defying book of essays—some as short as a paragraph; some as long as five pages—that record the small joys that we often overlook in our busy lives. Written daily over a tumultuous year, from birthday to birthday, he reminds us of the purpose and pleasure of praising, extolling, and recognizing ordinary wonders.
His is a meditation on delight that takes a clear-eyed view of the complexities, even the terrors, in his life, including living in America as a black man–the ecological and psychic violence of our consumer culture; the loss of those he loves.
Ross Gay is the author of three books: 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. Catalog was also a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award in Poetry, the Ohioana Book Award, the Balcones Poetry Prize, the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award, and it was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. Ross 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. Ross teaches at Indiana University.
Saretta Morgan is the author of the chapbooks, Feeling Upon Arrival (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2018) and room for a counter interior (Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs, 2017) as well as a forthcoming full-length collection Plan Upon Arrival (Selva Oscura/Three Count Pour, 2020). Her work addresses relationships between narrative and physical space. Her most recent writing considers the impact of environmental shifts and natural resource management on Black living. She holds a BA from Columbia University, an MFA from Pratt Institute and has received fellowships and residencies from the Jerome Foundation, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Headlands Center for the Arts, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, among others. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona and teaches creative writing at Arizona State University.