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Poet Terrance Hayes

Poets Terrance Hayes and Adrian Matejka

Poets Terrance Hayes and Adrian Matejka (Aaron Cain, WFIU)

Poet Terrance Hayes was born in Columbia, South Carolina, and educated at Coker College where he studied painting and English, and was an Academic All-American on the men’s basketball team. After receiving his MFA from the University of Pittsburgh, he taught in Japan, and a number of colleges back in the States before becoming a Professor of English at New York University.

He has also been a faculty member of Cave Canem, an organization founded to remedy the under-representation of African-American poets in Master’s programs and writing workshops in the United States.

Hayes has created several award-winning volumes of poetry. His sixth collection, American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin, was a finalist for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the TS Eliot Prize, among others.

Terrance Hayes was joined by Indiana Poet Laureate Adrian Matejka, for a conversation in the WFIU studios.

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