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February 5, 2020

Poet Terrance Hayes Headed to Guilford

Award-winning poet and gifted teacher Terrance Hayes will come to the Guilford College campus for a two-day visit beginning Wednesday, March 4, as the Sherwood Anderson Distinguished Visiting Writer.

During his visit, Terrance, the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Genius Award and a writer praised for his "near-perfect pitch, his disarming humor, his brilliant turns of phrase," and for "the grace, the tenderness, the unblinking truth-telling just below his lines," will visit classes and lead writing workshops. He will also read from and sign his work during his public presentation at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, in the Carnegie Room of Hege Library.

His books include American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin and How to Be Drawn.  A winner of the Whiting Prize and the Guggenheim Fellowship, he is also a Professor of English at New York University.

The Sherwood Anderson Creative Writing Program at Guilford College was established with a $600,000 gift by the heirs of Sherwood Anderson, a leading figure in 20th-century American letters who was dedicated to encouraging the work of fellow writers. The Anderson program supports the Distinguished Visiting Writer Series as well as scholarships in Guilford’s Department of English and Creative Writing.

Terrance's March 4 reading in Hege Library is free and open to the public. His work will be available for purchase and signing at the event. For more information, please contact Mylène Dressler at