812.323.3020 114 E Kirkwood Ave. Bloomington, IN 47408
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An Evening with Terrance Hayes

Presented by: College Arts & Humanities Institute

Where: Buskirk-Chumley Theater

General Admission: $USD 0.00


Thursday, October 3rd 7:00 pm Buy Tickets


Photo of Terrance HayesTerrance Hayes is one of the essential poets writing in the U.S. today. Combining dazzling wordplay with emotional directness, Hayes’ poetry always honors the power of form to shape expression, while being equally conscious of the need to break through form whenever necessary: his most recent collection, American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin (2018), is a stunning example. His recent hybrid critical work, To Float in the Space Between: A Life and Work in Conversation with the Life and Work of Etheridge Knight (2018), is another. Combining memoir, literary analysis, and biography, and interspersed with compelling drawings, To Float in the Space Between is like nothing else. “I’m chasing a language that can be unburdened by people’s expectations,” he has said. “Language is always burdened by thought. I’m just trying to get it so it can be like feeling.”

Hayes is recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and a Whiting Writers’ Award. His work has also been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. Lighthead (2010) won the National Book Award, and both How to Be Drawn (2015) and American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin were finalists for that same award.

Hayes will appear as a CAHI Distinguished Speaker and as the 2019 Susan D. Gubar Lecture. His appearance will also be the concluding event for October’s First Thursdays Festival at IU.

Doors open at 6:30pm for this free ticketed event. The estimated length of the show is 90 mins.

There is a limit of four tickets per order. To request a larger number of tickets, please email cahi@indiana.edu.

The Venue

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114 East Kirkwood Avenue
Bloomington, Indiana 47408

Owned by the City of Bloomington, the Buskirk-Chumley Theater is operated by BCT Management, Inc., a private non-profit organization. This theater, located one block east of the Courthouse Square, seats 600 with an orchestra level and a balcony. Concessions and items purchased from BLU Boy Cafe may be taken into the auditorium.

Restrooms, concessions, the box office, and the orchestra-level seats are all wheelchair accessible. Special seats are reserved for those using wheelchairs, which can be purchased via the box office at 812.323.3020. Street, lot, and garage parking is available across downtown Bloomington.

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The Promoter

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1211 East Atwater Avenue
Bloomington, Indiana 47401

CAHI’s goal is to support the scholarly and creative initiatives of the IU College faculty, in order to foster both individual research activities as well as interdisciplinary cooperation among individuals, groups, and programs in the arts and the humanities. The Institute sponsors conferences, workshops, and performances, also offering research travel grants and fellowships to the College’s faculty in the arts and humanities. Additionally, CAHI sponsors lecture series and invites distinguished speakers and intellectuals to the IU campus.

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