Pittsburgh writer Terrance Hayes will be reading alongside Camille Dungy, Toi Derricotte, and Tim Seibles in the upcoming Contemporary Writers Series event, Black Nature.  Terrance is a creative writing professor at Carnegie Mellon University.  His most recent poetry collection is Lighthead, winner of the 2010 National Book Award. His previous colleciton, 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 (1999), which won the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and Hip Logic (2002), which won the National Poetry Series Open Competition.

About his work, 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.”

He has been a recipient of many honors and awards, including a Whiting Writers Award, a Pushcart Prize, three Best American Poetry selections, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and the Guggenheim Foundation.

The Black Nature event is scheduled to take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 24 at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture.

On March 25, there will be a discussion with Camille Dungy and the other panelists at 2 p.m. in Room G8, Cathedral of Learning.

To hear Terrance read some of his poems aloud before the event, visit: