MCC and the Connecticut Poetry Circuit Sponsor Ross Gay, March 2 in WebEx Event

MANCHESTER, Conn. (February 17, 2021) – Manchester Community College, home of the Connecticut Poetry Circuit, is joining with the circuit to sponsor author and poet Ross Gay on Tuesday, March 2, from 7 to 8 p.m. Gay will read from his work live via WebEx.

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Gay is author of four books of poetry: Against Which, Bringing the Shovel Down, Be Holding, and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude and was the 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 also is a founding editor, with Karissa Chen and Patrick Rosal, of the online sports magazine Some Call it Ballin’. He has received fellowships from Cave Canem, the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference and the Guggenheim Foundation. He teaches at Indiana University.

For more information about Gay and to read some of his work, visit his website:

About the Connecticut Poetry Circuit

The Connecticut Poetry Circuit ( was established in 1968 to continue the work of the New England Poetry Circuit, which was founded in 1964 by the Academy of American Poets and Holly Stevens, daughter of the acclaimed poet and Hartford insurance executive Wallace Stevens. The work of the circuit is guided by a panel of poets: Randall Horton, Vivian Shipley, Clare Rossini, John Stanizzi and Kate Rushin. The circuit is directed by James Gentile, an English professor at Manchester Community College, the circuit’s permanent home.