Literary Nonfiction. Poetry. African & African American Studies. Finalist for the 2018 National Book Critics Circle award for Criticism. In these works based on his Bagley Wright lectures on the poet Etheridge Knight, Terrance Hayes offers not quite a biography but a compilation "as speculative, motley, and adrift as Knight himself." Personal yet investigative, poetic yet scholarly, this multi-genre collection of writings and drawings enacts one poet's search for another and in doing so constellates a powerful vision of black literature and art in America.
Terrance Hayes is the author of American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin, How to Be Drawn, which received a 2016 NAACP Image Award for Poetry, Lighthead, which won the 2010 National Book Award for poetry, and three other award- winning poetry collections. He is the poetry editor at the New York Times Magazine and also teaches at the University of Pittsburgh.
Author City: PITTSBURGH, PA USA