Ross Gay

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Ross Gay
Ross Gay at Split This Rock 2016
Ross Gay at Split This Rock 2016
Born (1974-08-01) August 1, 1974 (age 44)
Youngstown, Ohio
OccupationProfessor, Founding board member of the Bloomington Community Orchard
Alma materLafayette College;
Sarah Lawrence College;
Temple University
Notable worksAgainst Which (2006), Bringing the Shovel Down (2011), Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude (2014)
Notable awards2016 Kingsley Tufts Award, 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry, 2015 National Book Award Finalist, 2015 Radcliffe Fellow, 2013 Guggenheim Fellow

Ross Gay is an American poet and professor.


Ross Gay, a leading American poet, was born August 1, 1974 in Youngstown, Ohio, but he grew up in Levittown, Pennsylvania.[1] He received his B.A. from Lafayette College, his MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College,[2] and his Ph.D. in American Literature from Temple University, and is a founding editor, with Karissa Chen and Patrick Rosal, of the online sports magazine Some Call it Ballin', in addition to being an editor with the chapbook presses Q Avenue and Ledge Mule Press. He is a founding board member of the Bloomington Community Orchard, a non-profit, free-fruit-for-all food justice and joy project.

He has taught poetry, art and literature at Lafayette College in Easton, PA and Montclair State University in New Jersey. He now teaches at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana and the low-residency MFA in poetry program at Drew University.[3][4]

His poems have appeared in literary journals and magazines including American Poetry Review, Harvard Review, Columbia: A Journal of Poetry and Art, Margie: The American Journal of Poetry and Atlanta Review, and in anthologies including From the Fishouse (Persea Books, 2009).[5] His essays have appeared in The Paris Review. His honors include being a Cave Canem Workshop fellow and a Bread Loaf Writers Conference Tuition Scholar, and he received a grant from the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts.[6][7]

Awards and honors[edit]


  • Against Which. CavanKerry Press. October 2006. ISBN 978-1-933880-00-6.
  • Bringing the Shovel Down. University of Pittsburgh Press. 23 January 2011. ISBN 978-0-8229-9119-9.
  • Lace and Pyrite: Letters from Two Gardens. Organic Weapon Arts. 2014. ISBN 978-0-9827106-7-8.
  • River. Monster House Press. 1 December 2014.
  • Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude. University of Pittsburgh Press. 16 January 2015. ISBN 978-0822963318.
  • The Book of Delights: Essays. Algonquin Books. 12 February 2019. ISBN 978-1616207922.

In Anthology

  • Melissa Tuckey, ed. (2018). Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology. University of Georgia Press. ISBN 978-0820353159.

Appearances on reality television shows[edit]

  • A Dating Story, Episode 110: Jason, Brooke and Ross


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