BookEnds Online Edition will feature nationally known poet and essayist Ross Gay at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 18 via Zoom.

Gay’s mother grew up in Verndale, and as a boy he vacationed every summer at his grandparents’ home in Wadena County. As an adult, he spent a year writing an essay every day about something that delighted him. More than 100 of these essays, including ones mentioning Verndale, ended up in “The Book of Delights,” published in 2019.

Gay’s new poem, “Be Holding,” was released in September 2020 from the University of Pittsburgh Press.

The Zoom meeting ID is 867 0338 5655. A recording of the program will be available afterward at

BookEnds Online Edition is produced by the Wadena County Historical Society and Travelin’ Storyteller with support from the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center and grant funding from the Five Wings Art Council, through a legislative appropriation from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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