NHA News Release: May 27, 2016

NHA Partners with Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Featuring 2015 National Book Award Finalist Ross Gay

NANTUCKET, MA – The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) is pleased to announce the latest collaboration with Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study (RIAS) featuring RIAS Fellow and nationally-acclaimed poet Ross Gay, on Saturday, June 11, 2016.

Ross Gay is an assistant professor of English at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, as well as a poet, essayist, community orchardist, and gardener. Gay is the author of Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude published by the University of Pittsburgh Press, and has won the 2015 National Book Critics Circle award for poetry.

Gay has also won the $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award and the NAACP Image Award. During his RIAS fellowship, Gay is working on a response/update to Virgil’s Georgics. Gay holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and a PhD from Temple University. 

On Saturday, June 11 from 9 A.M. to Noon, Gay will facilitate a special three-hour poetry workshop for writers of all abilities at Greater Light, 8 Howard Street for $20 per person.

That same evening, Gay will offer a special lecture at the Whaling Museum at 6 P.M. Tickets are $10 per person. A book signing will follow the presentation

The NHA/RIAS lecture series brings leading thinkers from across Harvard and around the world who work on innovative, multidisciplinary projects at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study across the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences to Nantucket to present a significant talk to the Nantucket community.

“We are delighted that Ross Gay will be our guest scholar and poet for this, our second year of collaboration with the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study,” says NHA Gosnell Executive Director Bill Tramposch. “The RIAS is one of the world’s great intellectual and artistic initiatives, and we are most fortunate to be partnering with them on this program.”

Every year, fifty individuals from around the world are selected as Fellows to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with only 3% of applications being accepted. Writers, scientists, poets, historians, and more comprise each year's class of Fellows. The atmosphere of Harvard provides them with a one-of-a-kind opportunity to reflect, debate, teach, and share new ideas amidst other Fellows representing diverse backgrounds and disciplines.

This special lecture series is presented with generous support from the Hall-Froelich Foundation.

Advanced registration for both programs is recommended at www.nha.org/tickets.