InsideOut hosts poet, essayist, and best-selling author Ross Gay for a special edition of the Visiting Writers Series! Join us at the beautiful Hilberry Gateway on Wayne State University's campus on Saturday, March 9th at 7 PM for an opportunity to hear work from this nationally-acclaimed writer, Michigan Poet Laureate Nandi Comer, and Detroit's youth poets. This reading is the culminating event of InsideOut's 2024 Detroit Youth Poetry Con. All proceeds benefit InsideOut creative writing programs for youth! 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. In addition to his poetry, Ross has released three collections of essays—The Book of Delights was released in 2019 and was a New York Times bestseller; Inciting Joy was released in 2022, and his newest collection, The Book of (More) Delights was released in September of 2023. Nandi Comer is the Poet Laureate of Michigan. She is the author of American Family: A Syndrome (Finishing Line Press) and Tapping Out (Triquarterly), which was awarded the 2020 Society of Midland Authors Award and the 2020 Julie Suk Award. She is a Cave Canem Fellow, a Callaloo Fellow, and a 2019 Kresge Arts in Detroit Fellow. She is the co-director of Detroit Lit. InsideOut's Detroit Youth Poetry Con is brought to you by Gucci, with support from NBA Foundation and individual donors.