A Reading by Terrance Hayes & A Celebration of Gwendolyn Brooks
Award-winning poet Terrance Hayes came to the Literary House in early November for two events. On November 1, he gave a poetry reading, and on November 2, he helped the Lit House celebrate the legacy of Gwendolyn Brooks, the first African American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize and to become the U.S. Poet Laureate. Hayes and Literary House Director James Hall discussed Ms. Brooks’ influence on Hayes’ writing, as well as how he developed the form “the golden shovel” based on her work. Then they opened the mic to attendees, who reminisced about Gwendolyn Brooks’ visit to Washington College, and read poems by or inspired by her.