Claremont Graduate University in California has announced that Ross Gay is the winner of the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. The award, which comes with a $100,000 prize, is given annually to a mid-career poet. Dr. Gay will be honored at a ceremony on April 7.
Ross Gay teaches in the creative writing program at Indiana University and for the low-residency master of fine arts degree program in poetry at Drew University in New Jersey. He is being honored for his collection Catalogue of Unabashed Gratitude (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015), which is also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in the poetry category.
Dr. Gay is a native of Youngstown, Ohio. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. Dr. Gay earned a master of fine arts degree from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York, and a Ph.D. in American literature from Temple University in Philadelphia.