CMU professor Terrance Hayes joins U.S. poetry panel
December 9, 2011 10:00 AM
Terrance Hayes, a Carnegie Mellon University English professor who won the 2010 National Book Award for poetry, has been appointed as a panelist for President Barack Obama's new National Student Poets Program.
Mr. Hayes is one of four literary leaders who will judge students who received a National Scholastic Art & Writing Award for poetry. The winning student poets will receive college scholarships and opportunities to present their work in writing and poetry events.
The program was created by the the President's Committee on the Arts & Humanities, which is chaired by first lady Michelle Obama, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services through a partnership with the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.
Mr. Hayes also has been selected as a 2011 U.S. Artist Fellow in Literature. He hopes to use the fellowship to spend the summer abroad.