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Ross Gay

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

Gay is the author of three collections of poetry: Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015), winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Kingsley Tufts Award; Bringing the Shovel Down (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011); and Against Which (Cavankerry Press, 2006). He is also the author of the essay collection The Book of Delights (Algonquin Books, 2019).

Gay is a founding editor, with Karissa Chen and Patrick Rosal, of the online sports magazine Some Call it Ballin’, and an editor of the chapbook presses Q Avenue and Ledge Mule Press.

Gay’s honors include fellowships from Cave Canem, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Guggenheim Foundation. 

Gay served as the Guest Editor for Poem-a-Day in October 2018. He currently teaches at Indiana University and in Drew University’s low-residency MFA program in poetry and poetry in translation. 


Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015)
Bringing the Shovel Down (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011)
Against Which (Cavankerry Press, 2006).

Ross Gay