On Etheridge Knight — Master Class with Terrance Hayes

In To Float In The Space Between Terrance Hayes reflects on the life and poetry of Etheridge Knight, turning to Knight’s work as a type of shifting map with which to explore the uncertainty of voice, of biography, of self, of influence and fellowship. Calling Knight’s a “poetics of liquid” Hayes writes, “The poetics of liquid is the poetics of wind. The poetics of liquid is the poetics of escape, the poetics of doors and windows. The poetics of liquid is the poetics of hallucination. It is the poetics of blood. It is the poetics of feeling.” In this Master Class, Hayes will guide in participants in continuing to explore the critical insights offered and questions raised by Etheridge Knight.

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Terrance Hayes

Terrance Hayes is the author of Lighthead (Penguin 2010), winner of the 2010 National Book Award and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His other books are Wind In a Box (Penguin 2006), Hip Logic (Penguin 2002), and Muscular Music (Tia Chucha Press, 1999). His honors include a Whiting Writers Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a United States Artists Zell Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a MacArthur Fellowship. How To Be Drawn (Penguin 2015), his most recent collection of poems, was a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award, the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award, and received the 2016 NAACP Image Award for Poetry. He is the former poetry editor at New York Times Magazine and his two most recent publications are American Sonnets for My Past And Future Assassin (Penguin, 2018), and To Float In The Space Between: Drawings and Essays in Conversation with Etheridge Knight (Wave, 2018).