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