Ross Gay, poet and National Book Award finalist, will keynote the Indiana Writers Center annual event, Gathering of Writers, “Write Where You Are,” 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Saturday, March 9 at the Indiana State Library, 315 W Ohio St., Indianapolis.

Gay will also lead a three-hour poetry “master class” during the day-long workshops.

Gay says his opening keynote talk will center on “the practice of looking,” meaning “the discipline of attending to one’s own life. This talk will wonder about how such ‘looking’ might open windows,” says Gay, who is a professor at Indiana University.

Gay is the author of three books: 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. Catalog was also a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award in Poetry, the Ohioana Book Award, the Balcones Poetry Prize, the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award, and it was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. The Book of Delights, is forthcoming from Algonquin Press in February.

Gay will also teach a three-hour, poetry master class, “Making a Way Together,” for a limited number of participants. Says Gay: “In this three-hour generative poetry workshop, we will stoke our imaginations by (often collaboratively) writing and making a way together, exploring new approaches of looking at our connection to each other and the world.”

This year marks the IWC’s 40th anniversary. Gathering of Writers highlights the best of what the IWC offers experienced and aspiring writers, and provides an atmosphere of camaraderie among individuals who love the written word.

In addition to Gay, there will be sessions in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and playwriting presented by published authors Callista Buchen, Tom Chiarella, Chris Forhan, Kate Gehan, Silas Hansen, Allyson Horton, Angela Jackson-Brown, Saundra Mitchell, and Chris White.

To register online:

Participants must register in advance to attend.* All master class registrations include registration for the Gathering.

Early-bird pricing available through January 26:

Members $65

Members + Master Class with Ross Gay $100

Nonmembers $125

Nonmembers + Master Class $175


After January 26:

Members $85

Members + Master Class with Ross Gay $125

Nonmembers $150

Nonmembers + Master Class with Ross Gay $200


  • Full-time Students are eligible for a discount on registration with a teacher recommendation.

Written by Rachel Sahaidachny — January 18, 2019

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