Join the English Department’s Creative Writing Program for a Q&A and author reading with poet Terrance Hayes, the current Richard Elman Visiting Writer.
- Q&A session 3:45–4:30 p.m.
- Author reading 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Hayes is the author of American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassins, a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award in Poetry; To Float in the Space Between: Drawings and Essays in Conversation with Etheridge Knight; How to Be Drawn; Lighthead, which won the 2010 National Book Award for poetry; Muscular Music, which won the Kate Tufts Discovery Award; Hip Logic, winner of the 2001 National Poetry Series, and Wind in a Box. Artist-in-residence at New York University, Hayes currently resides in New York City.
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. –Cornelius Eady
Each year, the Carver Reading Series presents 12–14 prominent writers who, as part of their mini-residencies, interact with members of an undergraduate creative writing course, led by TAs in the M.F.A. program. The series’ namesake refers to the legendary poet and short story writer who taught at Syracuse University in the 1980s.
Leonard S. Elman ’52, a retired New York City attorney and charter member of the A&S Dean’s Advisory Board, supports Hayes’ professorship. The A&S alumnus endowed a visiting writer fund in memory of his brother, Richard ’55.
This event was first published on March 15, 2019 and last updated on April 24, 2019.