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Salon Series

Writing Hope at The End of A World with Ross Gay

Friday, Dec. 1
6-7:15 PM ET

virtual event; open to the public
including all mentees, mentors & alum
required for Poetry 360 mentees

Join us for an evening exploring what it means to experience hope and radical joy during periods of personal and political tumult.

As part of Girls Write Now’s Friday Night Salon Series and Poetry 360 Learning Journey, Ross Gay will discuss his award-winning book of poems, Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude. We will dialogue directly with Gay about his work, learning how language can help us imagine and embody new worlds, as we experiment with generative poetry prompts.

This event is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read, a partnership with Arts Midwest.

Registration will be capped to allow for intimate discussion. Save your spot now!

Meet the Guest Author

Ross Gay

Ross Gay

Ross Gay is interested in joy. Ross Gay is the author of four books of poetry: Against Which; Bringing the Shovel Down; Be Holding, winner of the PEN American Literary Jean Stein Award; and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. In addition to his poetry, Ross has released three collections of essays—The Book of Delights was released in 2019 and was a New York Times bestseller; Inciting Joy was released in 2022, and his newest collection, The Book of (More) Delights was released in September of 2023.

Learn more about Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude

Winner, 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award, poetry category
Winner, 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Prize

Finalist, 2015 National Book Award, poetry category
Finalist, 2015 NAACP Image Awards, poetry category

Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude is a sustained meditation on that which goes away—loved ones, the seasons, the earth as we know it—that tries to find solace in the processes of the garden and the orchard. That is, this is a book that studies the wisdom of the garden and orchard, those places where all—death, sorrow, loss—is converted into what might, with patience, nourish us.

Trivia Question:
What are the three main elements of the Girls Write Now Collaboratory?

Hint: The answer can be found on our enrollment page!

Collect the answers to Girls Write Now trivia, and you could win a prize at the 2023 Girls Write Now Awards Rewind and Remix event on November 28. RSVP for the virtual event to play trivia, watch highlights from the 2023 Awards, and celebrate in community with Girls Write Now!

This event is open to:

all mentees, all mentors, program alum and the public

December 1, 2023 6:00 pm 7:15 pm EST

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