Join acclaimed and award-winning poets Ross Gay and Gregory Pardlo at the 2017 Pee Dee Fiction and Poetry Festival, presented by Francis Marion University in Florence, SC.
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. He teaches at Indiana University.
Gregory Pardlo’s collection Digest won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. His other honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts. His first collection Totem was selected by Brenda Hillman for the APR/Honickman Prize in 2007. He is also the author of Air Traffic, a memoir in essays forthcoming from Knopf.
The Pee Dee Fiction and Poetry Festival originated in 2006 as the Pee Dee Fiction Festival, the brainchild of Francis Marion University President Luther F. Carter. Now an annual autumn event coordinated by members of the Francis Marion University English faculty, the festival has expanded to include poets as well as fiction writers.