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Ross Gay: Everybody Reads 2021 (Rebroadcast)

The Archive Project

In this episode, we bring you writer Ross Gay, author of The Book of Delights. We hosted Gay in the culminating event of Multnomah County Library’s 2021 Everybody Reads program—an annual shared reading experience that includes city-wide events for readers of all ages. This year, because of the public health restrictions, we brought Ross Gay to Portland virtually. He gave an incredible lecture and then engaged in a thoughtful, funny, and heartfelt conversation with Oregon-based writer Lidia Yuknavitch. In his talk, Ross Gay takes us back to his hardscrabble childhood in Philadelphia and traces his coming-of-age story from newspaper boy to internationally recognized poet and writer. The Book of Delights, an essay collection, contains “essayettes,” as Gay refers to them, written over one year, recording the small joys of life: Nicknames, being called “baby” by a waitress, birds in the Detroit airport, writing by hand. And as he catalogs his delight, Gay does not avoid the harshness and unfairness that accompanies life in twenty-first century America, including racism, grief, climate disaster, and more. But Gay shows us that it is possible to notice delight amid grief and upheaval, and how this delight connects us, not only to the world around us, be to each other. “We are all of us in the field of each other’s becoming. We are the field of each other’s becoming.” Ross Gay is the author of four books of poetry: Against Which; Bringing the Shovel Down; Be Holding; and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. His collection of essays, The Book of Delights, was released by Algonquin Books in 2019. Gay is also the co-author, with Aimee Nezhukumatathil, of the chapbook “Lace and Pyrite: Letters from Two Gardens,” in addition to being co-author, with Rosechard Wehrenberg, of the chapbook, “River.”  He 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. Ross is a founding board member of the Bloomington Community Orchard, a non-profit, free-fruit-for-all food justice and joy project. He also works on The Tenderness Project with Shayla Lawson and Essence London. He has received fellowships from Cave Canem, the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, and the Guggenheim Foundation. Ross teaches at Indiana University. Lidia Yuknavitch is the nationally bestselling author of the novels The Book of Joan, The Small Backs of Children, Dora: A Headcase, the memoir The Chronology of Water and The Misfit’s Manifesto, based on her TED talk “On the Beauty of Being a Misfit,” which has been viewed over 3.5 million times. She is the recipient of two Oregon Book Awards and a Willamette Writers Award, and has been a finalist for the Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize and the PEN Center Creative Nonfiction Award. She is the founder of the literary innovation laboratory Corporeal Writing. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

53mins

3 Jan 2022

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Episode 6: Ross Gay, Nandi Comer, and Playing Games With Students

Black Teacher Matters

This is the final episode of Black Teacher matters! It's all about making space for joy in a classroom by playing games and gathering to cultivate imagination. I tell a story about the games I'm playing in my class that help rehumanize the space. Ross talks about letting go of shame as a pedagogical tool and Nandi Comer gives the inside scoop on what it's like to be a student in Ross' class.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/abdel-shakur6/message

46mins

23 Oct 2021

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Ep 81: Best of Vinyasa in Verse : We hold Each Other's Dreams and Sorrows with Ross Gay

Spiritual Grit

In this week's Best of Vinyasa in Verse, I had a talk with one of my favorite people and oldest friends, Ross Gay, award-winner poet, professor at Indiana University, baller, gardener, and all-around big-hearted human. We were poetry babies together in college with Lee Upton, poet and professor extraordinaire, as our poetry mama (Ross mentions her here). We talk about the practice of poetry and presence, about being part of a collective (both physically as people and spiritually), and how to “unfix” a poem. We also explore how we hold each other’s memories and minds, that what constitutes our minds are held, not just by us, but also by others (enter the story of Negative Nelly and Positive Polly - haha!). People, this conversation was so much fun! You GOTTA listen! (We might even do a Part 2!) Also, he mentions a few folks I’d like to identify: Pat is NJ-based poet, Patrick Rosal. Nora is a CA-based writer and editor, Nora Issacs. * Follow me on Instagram for Maverick Mondays, Free Verse Fridays, and some real talk about healing, poetry, AND play: @leslieannhobayan * Today’s poems/ Books mentioned: “That tree we planted” by Hafiz The Wisdom of No Escape (book) by Pema Chodron “To the Young Who Wants to Die” by Gwendolyn Brooks

1hr 14mins

18 Aug 2021

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Episode 5: Ross Gay, Visionary Elbows, and The Amazing Aunt Butter

Black Teacher Matters

This episode is all about the Black teachers, in school, on the court, and at home who make space for us to become our most complete selves. I tell a story about hooping with a kid who shares my name, even if he isn't convinced. Ross talks about why he makes his classroom a place for people to get together so they can get together, a coach who confronted his dad, and the teaching genius of his Aunt Butter.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/abdel-shakur6/message

50mins

13 Aug 2021

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Ross Gay: Everybody Reads 2021

The Archive Project

In this episode, we bring you writer Ross Gay, author of The Book of Delights. We hosted Gay in the culminating event of Multnomah County Library’s 2021 Everybody Reads program—an annual shared reading experience that includes city-wide events for readers of all ages. This year, because of the public health restrictions, we brought Ross Gay to Portland virtually. He gave an incredible lecture and then engaged in a thoughtful, funny, and heartfelt conversation with Oregon-based writer Lidia Yuknavitch. In his talk, Ross Gay takes us back to his hardscrabble childhood in Philadelphia and traces his coming-of-age story from newspaper boy to internationally recognized poet and writer. The Book of Delights, an essay collection, contains “essayettes,” as Gay refers to them, written over one year, recording the small joys of life: Nicknames, being called “baby” by a waitress, birds in the Detroit airport, writing by hand. And as he catalogs his delight, Gay does not avoid the harshness and unfairness that accompanies life in twenty-first century America, including racism, grief, climate disaster, and more. But Gay shows us that it is possible to notice delight amid grief and upheaval, and how this delight connects us, not only to the world around us, be to each other. “We are all of us in the field of each other’s becoming. We are the field of each other’s becoming.” Ross Gay is the author of four books of poetry: Against Which; Bringing the Shovel Down; Be Holding; and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. His collection of essays, The Book of Delights, was released by Algonquin Books in 2019. Gay is also the co-author, with Aimee Nezhukumatathil, of the chapbook “Lace and Pyrite: Letters from Two Gardens,” in addition to being co-author, with Rosechard Wehrenberg, of the chapbook, “River.”  He 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. Ross is a founding board member of the Bloomington Community Orchard, a non-profit, free-fruit-for-all food justice and joy project. He also works on The Tenderness Project with Shayla Lawson and Essence London. He has received fellowships from Cave Canem, the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, and the Guggenheim Foundation. Ross teaches at Indiana University. Lidia Yuknavitch is the nationally bestselling author of the novels The Book of Joan, The Small Backs of Children, Dora: A Headcase, the memoir The Chronology of Water and The Misfit’s Manifesto, based on her TED talk “On the Beauty of Being a Misfit,” which has been viewed over 3.5 million times. She is the recipient of two Oregon Book Awards and a Willamette Writers Award, and has been a finalist for the Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize and the PEN Center Creative Nonfiction Award. She is the founder of the literary innovation laboratory Corporeal Writing. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

53mins

17 May 2021

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Ross Gay

The Sewanee Review Podcast

In which Ross Gay, poet of Be Holding; 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; and author of the New York Times Bestselling collection of essays The Book of Delights, discusses “Joy as the rightful subject of our literary concerns or inquiry.”

14 May 2021

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Cameron Esposito, Ross Gay, and The Lone Bellow

Live Wire with Luke Burbank

Host Luke Burbank and announcer Elena Passarello relish in delightful things; comedian Cameron Esposito unpacks the ups and downs of making Zoom her comedy stage; poet Ross Gay ponders his fascination with themes of joy and gratitude, while chatting about his essay collection The Book of Delights; and indie folk trio The Lone Bellow share a song they wrote collaboratively while social distancing.

52mins

23 Apr 2021

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6: Any excuse to touch people at this stage (+ Ross Gay review)

Unmuted, Unmastered

"No offense, but you're not worth listening to" On the show this week: 00:01:27 Fan mail 00:08:48 What we have been listening to 00:25:50 Songs for spring 00:44:18 Translation Station 00:52:35 Dilate Your Heart by Ross Gay review 01:00:09 Upcoming releases this week

1hr 7mins

29 Mar 2021

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We Hold Each Other’s Dreams and Sorrows with Ross Gay | Vinyasa in Verse Podcast Episode 55

Spiritual Grit

Omg. I’m so freaking excited about this episode! You don’t even know. I get to talk with one of my favorite people and oldest friends, Ross Gay, award-winner poet, professor at Indiana University, baller, gardener, and all-around big-hearted human. We were poetry babies together in college with Lee Upton, poet and professor extraordinaire, as our poetry mama (Ross mentions her here). We talk about the practice of poetry and presence, about being part of a collective (both physically as people and spiritually), and how to “unfix” a poem. We also explore how we hold each other’s memories and minds, that what constitutes our minds are held, not just by us, but also by others (enter the story of Negative Nelly and Positive Polly - haha!). People, this conversation was so much fun! You GOTTA listen! (We might even do a Part 2!) Also, he mentions a few folks I’d like to identify: Pat is NJ-based poet, Patrick Rosal. Nora is a CA-based writer and editor, Nora Issacs. // REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for Write to Heal, my 2- day workshop to help you identify what’s holding you back and getting you started on the healing journey. But hurry! Doors close on Thurs Feb 19 at 9 pm ET! // And follow me on Instagram for some real talk about healing AND play: @leslieannhobayan Today’s poems/ Books mentioned: “That tree we planted” by Hafiz The Wisdom of No Escape (book) by Pema Chodron “To the Young Who Wants to Die” by Gwendolyn Brooks

1hr 14mins

17 Feb 2021

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Ross Gay

Thresholds

Ross Gay is the author of four books of poetry: Against Which; Bringing the Shovel Down; Be Holding; and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. His new poem, Be Holding, was released from the University of Pittsburgh Press in September of 2020. His collection of essays, The Book of Delights, was released by Algonquin Books in 2019.Ross is also the co-author, with Aimee Nezhukumatathil, of the chapbook "Lace and Pyrite: Letters from Two Gardens," in addition to being co-author, with Rosechard Wehrenberg, of the chapbook, "River." Ross is a founding board member of the Bloomington Community Orchard, a non-profit, free-fruit-for-all food justice and joy project. He also works on The Tenderness Project with Shayla Lawson and Essence London. Visit Thresholds online at www.thisisthresholds.com. Thanks to Literati Kids for sponsoring this episode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

50mins

17 Feb 2021

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