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SLCL Presents: Ross Gay

Reading from Inciting Joy: Essays

November 7, 2022 @ 7:00 pm


This reading will be held in-person at Ethical Society of St. Louis.

The St. Louis County Library Foundation, HEC Media, the Favorite Author Series, St. Louis Poetry Center, and Left Bank Books present Award-Winning Poet and Essayist, Ross Gay, author of Inciting Joy: Essays.


Doors open at 6:00pm.
Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.
Books available from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up, in-store pick-up, and shipping available.


In these gorgeously written and timely pieces, National Book Critics Circle Award-winning poet and bestselling author Ross Gay considers the joy we incite when we care for each other, especially during life’s inevitable hardships. Throughout Inciting Joy, he explores how we can practice recognizing that connection and expand it. In an era when divisive voices take up so much air space, Inciting Joy offers a vital alternative: What might be possible if we turn our attention to what brings us together, to what we love? Full of energy, curiosity, and compassion, Inciting Joy is essential reading from one of our most brilliant writers.


ROSS GAY is the author of four books of poetry: Against WhichBringing 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. His new collection of essays, Inciting Joy, was released by Algonquin in October of 2022.


9001 Clayton Rd
St Louis, Missouri 63117 United States
(314) 991-0955
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