Open Mic & Walking With Whitman: Terrance Hayes (April 6)

WWBA continues its eighth season of its signature series Walking with Whitman: Poetry in Performance. The event begins with a community mic, free with admission. After a musical prelude, the main event begins at 8 pm with the featured poet.

One of the most compelling voices in American poetry, Terrance Hayes is the author of six books of poetry; American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassins (forthcoming 2018); How to Be Drawn (2015), longlisted for the 2015 National Book Award in Poetry; Lighthead (2010), winner of the 2010 National Book Award in Poetry; Wind in a Box, winner of a Pushcart Prize; Hip Logic, winner of the National Poetry Series, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and runner-up for the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets; and Muscular Music, winner of both the Whiting Writers Award and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award.

He has been a recipient of many other honors and awards, including a 2014 MacArthur Foundation Genius Award, two Pushcart selections, eight Best American Poetry selections, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and the Guggenheim Foundation. His poems have appeared in literary journals and magazines including The New Yorker, Poetry, The American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Fence, The Kenyon Review, Jubilat, Harvard Review, and Poetry. His poetry has also been featured on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.

A professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh, Hayes lives in Pittsburgh with his wife and children.

5:30 pm  Sign up for community open mic (walk-ins welcome)

6:00 pm   Open mic performances begin

7:30 pm   Musical prelude w/ Tommy Santoriello & Friends

8:00 pm   Poetry reading, Q&A, book signing


Program Admission

Members $10
Non-members $15
College students $5
HS Students free

Tickets available at the door or for purchase online (links above). You can also call 631-427-5240 x112 to reserve tickets in advance.

Refreshments served. Event accessible to those with physical disabilities.