posted February 24, 2010

Visiting Writers Series to Feature Poet Terrance Hayes on March 9

The Jack Ridl Visiting Writers Series of Hope College will feature poet Terrance Hayes on Tuesday, March 9, at 7 p.m. at the Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

Terrance Hayes's latest poetry collection, "Wind in a Box," was named by "Publishers Weekly" as one of the best 100 books of 2006. His other books of poetry are "Muscular Music," which won the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and "Hip Logic," which won the National Poetry Series Open Competition. Poems in "Lighthead," forthcoming from Penguin in 2010, have appeared in journals such as the "American Poetry Review," "Poetry" and "The New Yorker."

About Hayes's work, poet Cornelius Eady has said: "First you'll marvel at his skill, his near-perfect pitch, his disarming humor, his brilliant turns of phrase. Then you'll notice the grace, the tenderness, the unblinking truth-telling just beneath his lines, the open and generous way he takes in our world."

Hayes's honors include a Whiting Writers Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He lives in Pittsburgh, Pa., and teaches at Carnegie Mellon University.

The Hope College Jazz Ensemble will precede the reading at the Knickerbocker with a 6:30 p.m. performance.

In addition to the Tuesday-evening reading, Hayes will present a master class on Wednesday, March 10, from 9 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. in the Fried-Hemenway Auditorium of the Martha Miller Center for Global Communication.  The master class, titled "The Craft of Feeling," will focus on sentimentality in poetry.  Like the reading, the master class is free and open to the general public.

Additional information may be obtained online by visiting www.hope.edu/vws.

The Knickerbocker Theatre is located at 86 E. Eighth St.  The Martha Miller Center for Global Communication is located at 257 Columbia Ave., at the corner of 10th Street and Columbia Avenue.