Thursday, December 2, 2010, at 7:00pm, poets Aracelis Girmay and Ross Gay will read as part of the fourth season of the Collected Poets Series. ($2-5 suggested donation)
Aracelis Girmay writes poetry, fiction, and essays. Her collage-based picture book, changing, changing, was published by George Braziller in 2005, and her book of poems, Teeth, was published by Curbstone Press in 2007. She is on the faculty of Drew University’s low-residency MFA program and Hampshire College’s Interdisciplinary Arts school. Her new collection of poems, Kingdom Animalia, will be published by BOA Editions in fall 2011.
Ross Gay’s books of poems include Against Which (CavanKerry Press, 2006) and Bringing the Shovel Down (University of Pittsburgh Press, forthcoming January 2011). His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, MARGIE, Ploughshares, and many other magazines. He has also, with the artist Kimberly Thomas, collaborated on several artists’ books: The Cold Loop, BRN2HNT, and The Bullet. He is an editor with the chapbook press Q Avenue, whose recently published books include Chromosomory by Layli Long Soldier, Amigos by Matthew Dickman, Ad Hoc by Chris Mattingly, and Dolly by Kimberly Thomas and Simone White. Ross Gay received his M.F.A. in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College, and his Ph.D. in American Literature from Temple University. He teaches in the low-residency M.F.A. program in poetry at Drew University, and in Indiana University’s English department.