National Poetry Month Kickoff with Ross Gay

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National Poetry Month Kickoff with Ross Gay

Tombolo Books and the City of Writers Poetry Festival invite you to kickoff National Poetry Month with award-winning author Ross Gay!

By Tombolo Books

When and where

Date and time

Starts on Saturday, April 1 · 6:30pm EDT


Tombolo Books 2153 1st Avenue South St. Petersburg, FL 33712

About this event

We can think of no better way to start April and National Poetry Month than with a reading and conversation with poet and essayist Ross Gay! 

Ross Gay is interested in joy.

Ross Gay wants to understand joy.

Ross Gay is curious about joy.

Ross Gay studies joy.

And he is bringing that joy right to our courtyard! 

This event is presented in partnership with the City of St. Petersburg, Florida Humanities, St. Pete Youth Farm, andSt. Petersburg Poet Laureate, Gloria Muñoz.

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. His first collection of essays, The Book of Delights, was released in 2019 and was a New York Times bestseller. His new collection of essays, Inciting Joy, will be released by Algonquin in October of 2022.

Purchase your copy of Gay's books here:

*This event is scheduled to take place in our courtyard. In the event of rain, the reading will be held inside the bookstore. Due to the high volume of RSVPs an indoor event would be at standing room only.

About the organizer

Organized by
Tombolo Books

We are St. Petersburg's new Indie Bookstore in the Grand Central District. Our store features a highly curated selection of the best new fiction and non-fiction titles from around the world. 

Visit us Monday through Saturday from 10am-7pm, and Sunday from 11am-6pm at 2153 First Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33712, directly next to Black Crow Coffee
and Squeeze Juice Works.

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