Terrance Hayes, poet

Terrance HayesWednesday, October 24, 2018

Reading: 6:30 p.m., Jones Room, Woodruff Library (3rd floor); Reception and Booksigning to Follow

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Colloquium: 2:30-3:30 p.m., N301 Callaway Center

Terrance Hayes is a 2014 MacArthur Fellow. He was born in Columbia, South Carolina in 1971, and educated at Coker College where he studied painting and English and was an Academic All-American on the men’s basketball team. After receiving his MFA from the University of Pittsburgh in 1997, he taught in southern Japan, Columbus, Ohio, and New Orleans, Louisiana. Hayes taught at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh before becoming a Professor of English at New York University.

Hayes is the author of six books of poetry, including Lighthead (2010), winner of the 2010 National Book Award in Poetry. His most recent collection is American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassins (2018). His other books are How to Be Drawn (2015), winner of the 2016 NAACP Image Award for Poetry and longlisted for the 2015 National Book Award in Poetry; Wind in a Box, winner of a Pushcart Prize, named one of the best books of 2006 by Publishers Weekly, and a finalist for a Hurston-Wright Legacy Award; Hip Logic, winner of the National Poetry Series, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and runner-up for the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets; and Muscular Music, winner of both the Whiting Writers Award and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. He is also the author of the essay collection To Float In The Space Between: Drawings and Essays in Conversation with Etheridge Knight (2018).

Hayes served as the 2017-2018 poetry editor for New York Times Magazine. He was guest editor of The Best American Poetry 2014, the preeminent annual anthology of contemporary American poetry. His poems have appeared in ten editions of the series.

In addition to the MacArthur Fellowship, he has been a recipient of many other honors and awards, including two Pushcart selections, eight Best American Poetry selections, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and the Guggenheim Foundation. His poems have appeared in literary journals and magazines including The New Yorker, Poetry, The American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Fence, The Kenyon Review, Jubilat, Harvard Review, and Poetry. His poetry has also been featured on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.