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Oct. 20: Award-winning poet to present a reading

Thursday, October 20, 2011

FREDERICK, Md.—An award-winning poet will present a reading of some of his works Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. in the Hodson Auditorium in Rosenstock Hall at Hood College as part of the College’s annual Center for the Humanities colloquium series.

This year's colloquium, themed "The Book: From Print to the Digital Age," explores the past, present and future of the book along with the numerous cultural changes it has weathered during its 2,000-year history.

Terrance Hayes, professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University, is the author of four critically acclaimed collections of poetry: "Lighthead," which earned the 2010 National Book Award for poetry; "Wind in a Box"; "Hip Logic," which won the 2001 National Poetry Series and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award; and "Muscular Music," winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery award.

Hayes' work has been recognized with numerous honors and awards, including a Pushcart Prize and Whiting Writers award, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Guggenheim Foundation. His poems have appeared in literary journals and magazines such as The New Yorker, The American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Fence, The Kenyon Review, Jubilat Harvard Review, West Branch and Poetry.

This is the final colloquium event for the fall semester. Spring events will include a talk by Will Noel, curator of manuscripts and rare books at the Walters Museum of Art, and a reading by Rebecca Skloot, award-winning author of "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks."

During its more than 20-year existence, the Center for the Humanities has presented a distinguished roster of events, including lectures, symposia, film series, concerts and poetry readings. In 1999, Hood College was the recipient of a major challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities that helps fund an annual lecture series and an NEH visiting Scholar.

This event is co-sponsored by Hood's office of the provost.

For further information about the colloquium and the scheduled events, contact Rebecca Prime, Libman Professor of Humanities, by e-mail at or visit