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.
Poet Susan Aizenberg discusses the use of fiction within poetry, admitting that she draws from real life, but notes that there is a distinction between truth and fact. Recently retired from teaching at Nebraska's Creighton University, she reads fr...
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