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Terrance Hayes

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Interviewed by: Angela Elam

Catalog Number: 20050706, 20050216

Terrance Hayes, a young poet from South Carolina who currently teaches at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, was an unlikely poet.  In college, he played basketball and painted, but wrote poems in secret.  He surprised everyone he knew—including his own mother—when his first book of poetry, Muscular Music, won a Whiting Writers award worth $35,000.  He talks about this work as well as his collection Hip Logic, and how poetry relates to his avocation as a painter. 

Programs with Terrance Hayes from 2011 and 2017 as well as a 2011 show which also feature his wife, the poet Yona Harvey, are available in our audio archives.

| Subject Matter: Painting, South Carolina | Interview Year: 2004 | Genre: Poetry | Awards: Whiting Writers Award |

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