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Upcoming Speakers

Every year, the Schoenfeldt Distinguished Writers Series is committed to bringing two noteworthy guests to the University of Portland.


Ross Gay

Ross Gay

UP's Spring 2024 Schoenfeldt Speaker will be author and poet Ross Gay, who joins our campus on Monday, March 18, 2024.

Ross Gay is interested in joy.

Ross Gay wants to understand joy.

Ross Gay is curious about joy.

Ross Gay studies joy.

Something like that. 

Ross Gay is the author of four books of poetry: Against WhichBringing 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. For his visit to UP, we will be discussing his book, Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude.

This event will take place in Buckley Center Auditorium at 7:30 pm. For additional details, visit the ReadUP page or take a look at the Clark Library's reading guide. For a free copy of Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, feel free to contact Lars Larson.

For access to a recording of the event, click here.