Terrance Hayes


Interviewed by: Hall Center for the Humanities Lecture Series

Catalog Number(s): 20181005, 20171013

Interview Year(s): 2016

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 his 2018 book, American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin —now longlisted for the National Book Awards. (WARNING: THIS PROGRAM CONTAINS SOME EXPLICIT LANGUAGE)