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Frostic Reading Series presents poet Terrance Hayes

Sept. 21, 2004

KALAMAZOO--Award-winning poet Terrance Hayes, author of "Hip Logic," reads from his work Thursday, Sept. 30, at 8 p.m. in the Little Theatre at Western Michigan University. Hayes' presentation is the second in the Fall 2004 Gwen Frostic Reading Series, which is free and open to the public.

Exploring imagination, desire, and race, Hayes' poems look at the intersections and tensions of autobiography and culture, an interest which has recently resulted in award-winning poems that reinvent the personas of male artists and icons like Michael Jackson, Melvin Van Peebles and David Bowie. Hayes' most recent work "Hip Logic" was a National Poetry Series Open Competition selection and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award. His debut collection "Muscular Music" was recognized with a Whiting Writers Award and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. In addition to fellowships from Breadloaf Writers Conference and Provincetown Summer Writing Program, Hayes has worked as a staff member at the Cave Canem Retreat for African American Poets.

Hayes, who teaches at Carnegie Mellon University, is this year's WMU Association of Graduate English Students reader; he was selected by graduate English students for the Frostic Reading Series and to serve as a guest teacher for one day.

Fall 2004 Gwen Frostic Reading Series

Wednesday, Sept. 8, novelist Howard Norman

Thursday, Sept. 30, poet Terrance Hayes

Thursday, Oct. 7, novelist James McManus

Wednesday, Oct. 13, playwright Jeremy Dobrish

Wednesday, Oct. 27, poet Jean Valentine

All readings begin at 8 p.m. and are in the Little Theatre, which is located at the corner of Oakland Drive and Oliver Street on Western Michigan University's East Campus. There is free off-street parking behind the theatre.

For more information about the Gwen Frostic Reading Series, contact Dr. Arnie Johnston, chair of the Department of English, at <arnie.johnston@wmich.edu>. To be added to the mailing list for reading series announcements, write to Becky Beech at <rebecca.beech@wmich.edu> and include your complete name and postal address.

Media contact: Thom Myers, 269 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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