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Acclaimed Poet Terrance Hayes to Read at Duquesne University

Award-winning poet Terrance Hayes will read from his works and do a book signing.

Hayes, a professor of creative writing at Carnegie Mellon University, won the 2010 National Book Award for Poetry for Lighthead. Prior to that, he was awarded National Endowment for the Arts and Guggenheim fellowships, and he authored three other award-winning collections of poetry. In addition to his highly praised published collections, his individual poems have appeared in The New Yorker and in a long list of the nation’s most respected poetry and literary journals.

Prizes and critics’ approval notwithstanding, Hayes has a reputation for not writing poems that are puzzling intellectual undertakings. “For all its complexity, students enjoy the poetry—it’s very accessible,” said John Fried, assistant professor of English, adding that each of Hayes’ collections of poetry is different from one another.

His first work, Muscular Music, contains poems written when Hayes was new to Pittsburgh and has a distinctly local flavor, with references to eating at Pamela’s and riding the 61C bus. His latest work, Lighthead, is a series of meditations on the ways that we construct history and reality.

When: Monday, April 4, at 7 p.m.

Where: Duquesne University’s Power Center Ballroom, Chatham Square and Forbes Avenue

Cost: Free and open to the public

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