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Nov. 29: Media Advisory: CMU's Terrance Hayes To Receive Proclamation From Pittsburgh's City Council

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Media Advisory: CMU's Terrance Hayes To Receive
Proclamation From Pittsburgh's City Council

Event: Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010, will be "Terrance Hayes Day" in the City of Pittsburgh.

Hayes, the Carnegie Mellon University English Professor who recently became one of the youngest poets to ever win the National Book Award, will be honored with a proclamation by Pittsburgh's City Council, establishing Nov. 30, 2010 as Terrance Hayes Day. Sponsored by council member Patrick Dowd, Hayes will be recognized "as one of America's most dynamic and accomplished poets."

Earlier this month, Hayes was awarded the National Book Award for "Lighthead," his fourth collection of poetry. "The array of ways people have sent well wishes since I won the National Book Award has been amazing, but this proclamation has to top the cake," he said. "It affirms my belief that Pittsburgh is a city of poets and poetry lovers."

Hayes joined the CMU faculty in 2001 and teaches beginning and advanced poetry workshops in the English Department's Creative Writing Program. His previous poetry collection, "Wind in a Box," was named one of the Best 100 Books of 2006 by Publishers Weekly. His other poetry books are "Hip Logic," which won the National Poetry Series Open Competition and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and "Muscular Music," which won the Kate Tufts Discovery Award.

Hayes' other honors include two Pushcart Prizes, four "Best American Poetry" selections, a Whiting Writers Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

When: 10 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010

Where: City-County Building, 414 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

For more information on Terrance Hayes, read the announcement on his National Book Award, read this Q&A and watch a video of him reading from "Lighthead."