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A Conversation with Ross Gay

January 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Kick off your new year with an online conversation about joy with best-selling essayist and award-winning poet Ross Gay.

This conversation will explore the joy we incite when we turn our attention to what we love and what brings us together. Ross Gay will discuss his most recent collection of essays, Inciting Joy, with performance poet Dan “Sully” Sullivan.

About the Authors

Ross Gay is the author of four books of poetry: Against Which, Bringing the Shovel Down, Be Holding (winner of the PEN American Literary Jean Stein Award), and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude (winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award). His first collection of essays, The Book of Delights, was released in 2019 and was a New York Times bestseller.

Dan “Sully” Sullivan is a three-time Chicago Poetry Slam Champion. His poems and performances have been featured on HBO Def Poetry Jam, WGN Morning News, and National Public Radio. Sully’s first full-length book of poems, The Blue Line Home, is available from EM-Press.​

This event is made possible by Illinois Libraries Present (ILP), a statewide collaboration among public libraries offering premier events. ILP is funded in part by a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library, a department of the Office of Secretary of State, using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).

ILP is committed to inclusion and accessibility. To request accommodations, please email illinoislibrariespresent@gmail.com.

The Library is committed to making programs accessible for all. If you need an accommodation to attend a program, please let the Library know at least two weeks in advance. To request an accommodation, contact the Programming and Outreach Manager via email at programming@urbanafree.org or via phone at 217-367-4057.


January 11
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm