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Terrance Hayes Poetry Reading

Start Date: May 09 7:00 PM
This event is open to the public

The PA Department of English presents…

A Poetry Reading by
Terrance Hayes

Friday, May 9, 2014
7 p.m.
Kemper Auditorium

In poetry that can be simultaneously jazzy and elegant, passionate and funny, experimental and learned, Terrance Hayes explores themes of identity and culture in myriad voices and styles. His work has been described as “a dazzling mixture of wisdom and lyric innovation.”

One of the most compelling voices in American poetry, Hayes is the author of Lighthead (2010), winner of the National Book Award; Wind in a Box (2006), winner of a Pushcart Prize; Hip Logic, (2002), winner of the National Poetry Series; and Muscular Music (1999), winner of the Whiting Writers Award and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award.

Hayes was born in South Carolina and educated at Coker College, where he played on the basketball team and was an Academic All-American. After receiving his MFA degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1997, Hayes taught in Japan and New Orleans and at Carnegie Mellon University before returning to the University of Pittsburgh in 2013 as a full professor.

Yes, I have a pretty good idea what beauty is. It survives
all right. It aches like an open book. It makes it difficult to live.

—Terrance Hayes, from “God is an American”

Sponsored by the Sandra Isham Vreeland Fund

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