Interview with Poet Terrance Hayes

3-4-19 Interview

Poet, Painter, Philosopher, Professor Terrance Hayes was born to a single 16 year old who jokes that she “couldn’t afford to anything but keep him.” He began to draw very young and was known for his visual art skill – listen to the sweet story of discovering what he took to be his father’s drawings which motivated him to be an artist too. He also wrote but he kept his writings a secret. He went to college on a basketball scholarship At graduation he was encouraged to pursue a career in basketball by his coach and a career in art by his art teacher, but an unexpected event – a conversation with Maya Angelou convinced him to be get his MFA in Poetry. Listen to this passionate, articulate man describe a truly unique life.