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A Reading & Conversation with Ross Gay & Aimee Nezhukumatathil, moderated by Cathy Linh Che & Malcolm Tariq

September 30, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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In celebration of the publication months of Ross Gay’s Be Holding: A Poem and Aimee Nezhukumatathil’s World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments, Cave Canem is co-hosting a virtual reading with Kundiman and Milkweed Editions! Ross Gay and Aimee Nezhukumatathil will read and join Cathy Linh Che of Kundiman and Malcolm Tariq of Cave Canem in conversation. Be sure to order your copy of World of Wonders and Be Holding: A Poem from Bookshop.org!

Register for the reading here to join us on Zoom at 6:00 PM ET on Wednesday, September 30th. The first 100 participants can join the Zoom webinar, while everyone else may enjoy the event’s live-stream on YouTube and Facebook.


Ross Gay is the author of four books of poetry: Against WhichBringing the Shovel DownBe Holding; and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. His new poem, Be Holding, will be released from the University of Pittsburgh Press in September of 2020. 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 Rosechard Wehrenberg, of the chapbook, “River.” He has received fellowships from Cave Canem, the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, and the Guggenheim Foundation. Ross teaches at Indiana University.

Aimee Nezhukumatathil is the author of World of Wonders, an illustrated essay collection forthcoming from Milkweed Editions in August 2020, as well as of four books of poetry, including, most recently, Oceanic, winner of the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award. Other awards for her writing include fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Mississippi Arts Council, and MacDowell. Her writing appears in Poetry, the New York Times MagazineESPN, and Tin House. She serves as poetry faculty for the Writing Workshops in Greece and is professor of English and Creative Writing in the University of Mississippi’s MFA program.

Cathy Linh Che is Executive Director at Kundiman. She has worked in nonprofit administration, education, and publishing for over 15 years. She is the author of the poetry collection Split (Alice James Books), winner of the Kundiman Poetry Prize, Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the Best Poetry Book Award from the Association of Asian American Studies.

Malcolm Tariq is the author of Heed the Hollow (Graywolf Press, 2019), winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize and the Georgia Author of the Year Award in Poetry. He was a playwriting apprentice at Horizon Theatre Company and is a 2020-2021 resident playwright with Liberation Theatre Company. He is a graduate of Emory University and holds a PhD in English from the University of Michigan. Malcolm lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he is the Programs and Communications Manager at Cave Canem.

Kundiman creates an affirming and rigorous space where Asian American writers can explore, through art, the unique challenges that face the new and ever changing diaspora. The organization sees the arts as a tool of empowerment, of education and liberation, of addressing proactively the legacy its writers will leave for the future.

Milkweed Editions seeks to be a site of metamorphosis in the literary ecosystem. The nonprofit takes risks on debut and experimental writers, invests significant time and care in the editorial process, and enables dynamic engagement between authors and readers. Since its founding in 1980, it has published over 350 books of literary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry and now has over four million copies in circulation. Milkweed Editions is based in Minneapolis.


September 30, 2020
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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