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.
In part one of this conversation, Arab-American poet Naomi Shihab Nye, whose numerous books of poetry, essays and stories have delighted children and adults alike, reads from her book, ...
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