23rd Annual Otis Lecture

Monday, November 4, 2019 — 7:30pm
until 9:30 pm
RSVP by Monday, November 4
Olin Arts Center, Olin Concert Hall
75 Russell Street
Lewiston, Maine 04240
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Ross Gay

The college’s Philip J. Otis Committee invites members of the Bates community to attend:

The 23rd Annual Otis Lecture

Ross Gay, author of The Book of Delights, will deliver the 2019 lecture:

“Delight, Gratitude, Joy: Entangle Me”

Ross Gay is the author of three books of poetry: Against Which; Bringing the Shovel Down; and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, 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.

Ross is also the co-author, with Aimee Nezhukumatathil, of the chapbook “Lace and Pyrite: Letters from Two Gardens,” in addition to being co-author, with Richard Wehrenberg, Jr., of the chapbook, “River.” He is a founding editor, with Karissa Chen and Patrick Rosal, of the online sports magazine Some Call it Ballin’, in addition to being an editor with the chapbook presses Q Avenue and Ledge Mule Press. Ross is a founding board member of the Bloomington Community Orchard, a non-profit, free-fruit-for-all food justice and joy project. He has received fellowships from Cave Canem, the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, and the Guggenheim Foundation. Ross teaches at Indiana University.

Gay’s lecture is made possible by the Philip J. Otis ’95 Endowment. Tickets are free, but advance registration is required. Click here to reserve tickets.

Please contact Carly Hopkins at 207-786-6239 if you have any questions.