Read texts by and about poet Terrance Hayes

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The award-winning poet, author of Muscular Music and Wind in a Box, visited Smith.


Considered one of the most compelling new voices in contemporary poetry, Hayes's poetry explores race, cultural heritage, and masculinity. Hayes discussed his work and the craft of writing at an informal Q&A session in the Smith College Poetry Center. The evening event was an endowed reading in memory of Smith alumna Edith Oppenheimer Richman, Class of 1931.

Tuesday, December 5, 2006
4:00 pm Smith College Poetry Center
Discussion Session and Q&A
7:30 pm Stoddard Hall Auditorium
Poetry Reading

For more information, read the press release posted on Smith College News Releases.

Link to past SC Libraries Poetry Center Readings resource pages.

book cover: Muscular Music by Terrance Hayes          book cover: Wind in a Box by Terrance Hayes

A native South Carolinian, Hayes's first book of poetry, Muscular Music (1999) won both the Whiting Writers Award and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. His second, Hip Logic (2002), was chosen by Cornelius Eady as a National Poetry Series winner, and also named a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and runner-up for the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets. Since the publication of his third collection of poems, Wind in a Box (2006), Hayes has received a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, and a 2005 Best American Poetry selection.

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Biography in Context
Includes an entry from Contemporary Authors, updated 2002.

Online Texts

Expanded Academic Index
Search by keyword for to find or link to poems, interviews, and reviews. Use SC Links to connect to full text.

Internet Resources

Internet Site Access
Pittsburgh City Paper Archives
"Above All, All of the Above" (profile), April 27, 2006.
American Academy of Poets
Brief biography and links to poems
Ploughshares - links to poems and other writing
Writer's Corner (National Endowment for the Arts)
Poem: "The Blue Borges"
Nidus (University of Pittsburgh)
Jonathan Moody, "My Aesthetic Schizophrenia: An Interview with Terrence Hayes," Winter 2005


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