Gannon University Hosts 40th Annual English Awards Night

Posted: March 8, 2017

Gannon University will host its 40th annual English Awards Night on Wednesday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Yehl Room of the Waldron Campus Center, 124 W. Seventh St. and is free and open to the public. Ross Gay will be the distinguished guest poet and will be reading a selection of his work.

This ceremony honors Gannon University students who excelled in contests in various kinds of writing: poetry, research writing and journalism. The winner of Gannon's national high school poetry contest will also be announced.

Ross Gay, a 42-year-old native of Youngstown, Ohio, is the co-author of two books, and author of three including "Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude," which won the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, "Against Which" and "Bringing the Shovel Down." Gay is an editor with the chapbook presses Q Avenue and Ledge Mule Press. He is the founding editor of the online sports magazine Some Call it Ballin'.

He is the winner of the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Award for poetry and the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award. Ross is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim and Cave Canem Foundations and the Middlebury Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.

Gay is a professor and director of the creative writing program at Indiana University in Bloomington. He earned his bachelor's degree from Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania; an MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, New York; and his doctorate in English from Temple University in Philadelphia. In service to the Bloomington community, he serves as a board member of the Bloomington Community Orchard.

The public is invited to a free seminar with Gay at 3 p.m. in Room 3200 of the Palumbo Academic Center, 824 Peach St.

Copies of Gay's books will be available for purchase at the reception that immediately follows his reading at English Awards Night. Copies of Totem, Gannon University's student-produced literary arts magazine, will be available free of charge. Last fall, Totem was given a first place award for the 21st consecutive year by the American Scholastic Press Association (ASPA). Totem was also given first place awards for outstanding cover and outstanding magazine concept.

For more information about English Awards Night or the high school poetry contest, contact Berwyn Moore at (814) 871- 7504 or click here