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March 20, 2021 @ 2:00 pm EDT - 2:45 pm EDT

Virtual Event

Be Holding: With Ross Gay [2021 Virginia Festival of the Book]

Poet Ross Gay (Be Holding: A Poem) discusses his new book-length poem, which uses basketball and, specifically, a shot Julius Erving took during the 1980 NBA finals, as the baseline for a lyrical meditation touching on pick-up basketball, the Middle Passage, photography and surveillance, music, familial love, and much more. Be Holding, much like Dr. J, performs magic in mid-air. In conversation with Kaveh Akbar.

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The Muse is proud to be a community partner for this event, which is presented as part of the 2021 Virginia Festival of the Book (March 13-26). For more information and the full festival schedule, visit The Virginia Festival of the Book is a program of Virginia Humanities.