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Word Works | Ross Gay: Joy and the Cover

November 12 at 6:00 PM PST

From a book of meditations on Joy, Ross Gay‘s talk, Joy and the Cover, is a riff on the riff, a cover of the cover, a wondering about the sight and site of ever-citational life (which includes writing!).  He will briefly cover Nina Simone, Dionne Warwick and Luther Vandross, Gary Payton and Jason Williams, among way too many others even more briefly. He will be in conversation with Catherine Harris-White.

All Word Works events this season will take place online. Tickets cost $15 general admission, $12 for members. We also have a $5 option for students or anyone who is financially disadvantaged. Tickets can be purchased at the bottom of the page.

This event will take place via CrowdCast, Pacific Time.


Ross Gay is the author of four books of poetry: Against WhichBringing the Shovel DownBe 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. He has received fellowships from Cave Canem, the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, and the Guggenheim Foundation. Ross teaches at Indiana University.


Word Works craft talks by novelists, essayists, poets, and memoirists focus on writing as process rather than finished product, examining how language works to inspire and provoke new ideas through live close readings of the writer’s own or others’ work. These talks are designed to apply to writers of all genres as well as illuminate well-known works for avid readers. The talks are followed by an interview with a noted editor, writer, or critic.

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