Poet Terrance Hayes, professor of creative writing at Carnegie Mellon and author of Wind in a Box, Hip Logic, and Muscular Music, will be the featured poet at the annual Esther Goldhaber Jacovitz Poetry Series being held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 20 in the J. Irving Whalley Memorial Chapel on the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown campus.
“This year’s event, our fifth in the annual series, promises to be a big one! Terrance Hayes is a dynamic speaker, often thrilling audiences with his powerful poetic delivery. We continue to be honored that UPJ alumna Esther Goldhaber Jacovitz has made it possible for us to bring poets of Hayes’s caliber to the UPJ campus. It will be a night not to be missed,” said Dr. Eric Schwerer, UPJ associate professor and coordinator of creative writing.
Mr. Hayes’s honors include a Whiting Writers Award, the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, a National Poetry Series award, a Pushcart Prize, two Best American Poetry selections, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, The Kenyon Review, and Ploughshares.
The event, which is being sponsored by UPJ’s Creative and Professional Writing program, is free of charge and open to the public. A book signing will follow.
The Esther Goldhaber Jacovitz Poetry Series began in 2004. Previous poets have included Nick Flynn, J. Allyn Rosser, Thomas Lux, and Marilyn Chin.
Founded in 1927, UPJ is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. A vital knowledge center and a foremost contributor to the area’s educational, social, cultural, and economic environment, UPJ offers a first-class educational experience that is purposefully designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century.