Photography by CHUCK ZOVKO
Ross Gay ’96, winner of Claremont Graduate University’s $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award for his latest poetry collection, Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, sits down with Leslieann Hobayan ’95, poet and creative writing lecturer at Rutgers, to talk about gardening, his new writing projects, and of course, their alma mater. Gay, an associate professor of poetry at Indiana University, was also a Finalist for the National Book Award and an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work. He is currently the 2015–16 Walter Jackson Bate Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute in Boston. The friends conversed at Forks Mediterranean Deli near campus.
Is that Eric Garner worked for some time for the Parks and Rec. Horticultural Department, which means, perhaps, that with his very large hands, perhaps, in all likelihood, he put gently into the earth some plants which, most likely, some of them, in all likelihood, continue to grow, continue to do what such plants do, like house and feed small and necessary creatures, like being pleasant to touch and smell, like converting sunlight into food, like making it easier for us to breathe.
—Ross Gay ’96
Originally published by Split This Rock;
used with permission of the author