A Conversation and Reading With Poet Terrance Hayes

Tuesday, September 27, 2022, 7:00 pm
Hill Center DC at the Old Naval Hospital
$10, in person or virtual

Moderated by Folger Poetry Coordinator, Teri Cross Davis.

The Hill Center is honored to welcome MacArthur “Genius” Award recipient Terrance Hayes and Folger Shakespeare Library Poetry coordinator Teri Ellen Cross Davis for an in-depth conversation about the intersection of racial justice and art and its power to illuminate America’s unresolved issues of race.

This program is in conjunction with Mosaic Theatre’s production of Ifa Bayeza’s epic The Till Trilogy, onstage October 4 to November 20, 2022. The Till Trilogy shines a new light on one of the most pivotal moments in our collective American history – the murder of fourteen-year-old Emmett Till in 1955 –and the ongoing fight for racial justice that it inspired. This conversation is part of The Till Trilogy Reflection Series.

In collaboration with Mosaic Theatre Company and Hill Center’s Benjamin Drummond Emancipation Day Celebration. 

East City Bookshop will have books available for sale and signing.

About Terrance Hayes: One of the most compelling voices in American poetry, Terrance Hayes curated the collection Saying His Name: Poems on Emmett Till, which explores how Till has become a haunting, powerful figure in Black poetry – and Black public grief – through the work of 10 important poets.

Hayes is an elegant and adventurous writer with disarming humor, grace, tenderness, and brilliant turns of phrase, exploring what it means to be an artist and a Black man. He is the author of six poetry collections: American Sonnets for My Past And Future Assassin, a finalist for the National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, and TS Eliot Prize; How to Be Drawn; Lighthead, winner of the 2010 National Book Award for poetry; Muscular Music, recipient of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award; Hip Logic, winner of the 2001 National Poetry Series; and Wind in a Box. His prose collection, To Float In The Space Between: Drawings and Essays in Conversation with Etheridge Knight, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and winner of the Pegasus Award for Poetry Criticism. Hayes has received fellowships from the MacArthur Foundation, Guggenheim Foundation, and Whiting Foundation, and is a professor of English at New York University.

The event will be hybrid with options for in-person and virtual attendance — a Zoom link will be sent out upon purchase of ticket(s).

For in-person attendance, we require all attendees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.  

This reading is a part of the Hill Center Reading Series and is not included in the 2022|23 O.B. Hardison Poetry Series 


The O.B. Hardison Poetry Series is pleased to partner with East City Bookshop, an independently run, women owned bookstore on Capitol Hill. Pickup is available at the shop, or they ship (almost) anywhere! Check their website, eastcitybookshop.com.