Seattle Arts & Lectures closes out 2011 with the next event in the Poetry Series, African-American poet Terrance Hayes in the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall on Thursday, December 8, 2011, at 7:30pm.
Hayes has published several books of poetry, including Lighthead (2010), Wind in a Box (2006), Hip Logic (2002), and Muscular Music (1999). Lighthead was named the winner of the National Book Award for Poetry in 2010, and Hip Logic won the 2001 National Poetry Series.
Hayes' poetry is constantly shifting the modes and means of poetic expression, while drawing from an extensive reserve of linguistic variance and sonic techniques. Hayes’ improvisational skill allows him to engage with and bend numerous traditions, styles, and cultural artifacts through unique and often explosive linguistic constructions.
Hayes received a B.A. from Coker College in South Carolina in 1994, where he was an Academic All-American, and an M.F.A. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1997. Hayes is the recipient of a Whiting Writers Award, a Pushcart Prize, three Best American Poetry selections, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. He is currently a professor of creative writing at Carnegie Mellon University.
During his stay in Seattle, Hayes will be leading a generative workshop at Richard Hugo House called Sound Structures on December 9, 2011; full information is available on the Hugo House website at www.hugohouse.org. Hayes will also visit West Seattle High School on December 9 at 12:35 as part of SAL’s Writers in the Schools (WITS) program.
Tickets for the Hayes lecture and all SAL events are available from the SAL Box Office by calling 206-621-2230 or on the SAL website at www.lectures.org. Tickets start at $20 or $5 for students (pre-sale only; students are eligible for free tickets with student ID on a space-available basis at the SAL Box Office starting at 6pm day-of-show).