Sonnets for Donald Trump’s America: Poetry, Race, and the Future of Democracy

Event date: 

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 1:00pm


Student Union, Multipurpose Rooms
A portriat of Terrance Hayes


Widely recognized poet Terrance Hayes will visit campus in recognition of Black History Month and offer a presentation of his works from his most recent book, “American Sonnets for my Past and Future Assassin,” as well as readings from his seven prior works.

His latest book was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry and was named among the "New York Times Critics Top Books of 2018." Having won such prestigious honors as the National Book Award for poetry (2010) and a MacArthur Genius Fellowship (2014), his writings address issues of race, gender, politics, and music. He is currently a professor at New York University and serves as the Chancellor of the American Academy of Poets.

The reading will include a question-and-answer session and a book signing.

This event is sponsored by the English Department with additional support from the Office of Academic Affairs, the American Studies Department, the Office of First Year Experience, and the Office of Student Affairs.


Contact Dr. Deepa Jani of the English Department.

Photo ©Kathy Ryan