Feb 21, 2011    #027
Contact: Laura Byerley
(816) 235-1592

Award-winning poet and creative writing professor Terrance Hayes visits Kansas City

Author is UMKC's 2011 Cockefair Chair Writer-in-Residence

Poet Terrance Hayes, winner of the 2010 National Book Award and finalist for the 2010 Book Critics Circle Award, will read his poetry at 7 p.m. Monday, March 7 at the University of Missouri-Kansas City's (UMKC) Katz Hall, Room 101, 5005 Rockhill Rd., Kansas City, Mo.

Free parking is available north of Katz Hall, which is near the corner of 50th St. and Rockhill Rd. The reading is free and open to the public and is one of Hayes' many appearances during his four-day stay as UMKC's Carolyn Benton Cockefair Chair Writer-in-Residence. Created to support continuing education, the writer-in-residence program is an annual teaching residency that features nationally-renowned poets and prose writers.

Hayes will teach a free advanced poetry master class from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 6 at the UMKC University Center, Alumni Room, 5000 Holmes Rd., Kansas City, Mo. During the class, he will critique poems by several graduate students in the UMKC College of Arts and Sciences' Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing and Media Arts program. Community observers are welcome, but limited seating requires that advance reservations be made by calling (913) 377-9527. A copy of poems to be discussed will be emailed upon request.

While in Kansas City, Hayes also will visit with aspiring writers at the American Jazz Museum and UMKC classes.

Hayes' poems in his 2010 award-winning book, "Lighthead," are fueled by an imagination that enlightens, delights and ignites, leaving people illuminated and scorched, according to the National Book Foundation, which sponsors the National Book Critics Circle awards.

Hayes was born in Columbia, S.C., in 1971. He received a B.A. from Coker College in Hartsville, S.C. and an M.F.A. from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pa. He also is author of "Wind in a Box" (2006); "Hip Logic" (2002), which won the 2001 National Poetry Series and was a finalist for The Los Angeles Times Book Award; and "Muscular Music" (1999), winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. He is a professor of Creative Writing at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Administered by the MFA in Creative Writing and Media Arts program, the Carolyn Benton Cockefair Chair Writer-in-Residence program has hosted nationally-renowned writers, such as Margot Livesey, Edward P. Jones, Mary Gordon, B.H. Fairchild, Stuart Dybek and C. D. Wright. For more information, contact Lisa Stewart at (816) 377-9527 or To receive email notification about upcoming creative writing events at UMKC, contact Michael Pritchett at

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