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Terrance Hayes

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Catalog Number: 20171013

Award-winning poet Terrance Hayes gives insight into his creative process in this public reading as part of the 2016 Hall Center for the Humanities Lecture Series at the University of Kansas. He shares work from his fifth collection, How to Be Drawna finalist for both the National Book and National Book Critics Circle Awards, and winner of the NAACP Image Award for Poetry. The MacArthur fellow talks about his love of long sentences, and how he blends Shakespeare with rap references. He also tries out new poems on the audience that have since morphed into twelve published sonnets in The American Poetry Review and will be forthcoming in his 2018 book, American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin. (WARNING: THIS PROGRAM CONTAINS SOME EXPLICIT LANGUAGE.) 

Programs with Terrance Hayes from 2005 and 2011 as well as a 2011 show which also feature his wife, the poet Yona Harvey, are available in our audio archives.

| Subject Matter: Music, Art, Race, Sonnet | Interview Year: 2016 | Genre: Poetry | Awards: National Book Award, NAACP Image Award, Guggenheim Fellowship |

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