Ross Gay on the Importance of Wonder

August 18, 2021

At the Creative Independent, poet Ross Gay examines the ways playfulness and imagination steer his work and remind him of the joy in writing. “Playing, exploring, attempting, and wondering is so important. It’s so important and it feels like a practice a sort of vocation—in all kinds of things, it just feels important not to necessarily make it beautiful or not to necessarily make it the best or not to have aspirations to be the best. But to have it be like what you said, a sort of play.”

is a writer and illustrator. She is the author of two illustrated books, Last Night's Reading (Penguin Books, 2015) and Sanpaku (Archaia 2018).

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