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(Mahwah, NJ) – The Readings at Ramapo Visiting Writers Series will feature acclaimed poet Terrance Hayes, recipient of the National Book Award for Poetry, on Tuesday February 14, 2012.  Hayes will participate in a Q&A session from 4-5 p.m., followed by a reading of his poetry from 7-8 p.m.  Both events will be held in the Trustees Pavilion.

According to the Blue Flower Arts Literary Agency, Hayes is a recipient of numerous honors and awards, such as the Pushcart Prize and fellowships from National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and the Guggenheim Foundation.  Hayes presents the reader with engaging and innovative poetic voice.

His style is perhaps best described by poet Cornelius Eady: “First you’ll marvel at his skill, his near-perfect pitch, his disarming humor, his brilliant turns of phrase.  Then you’ll notice the grace, the tenderness, the unblinking truth-telling just beneath his lines, the open and generous way he takes in our world.”

Hayes’ most recent publication, Lighthead has been awarded the National Book Award for Poetry, being described as “dazzling mixture of wisdom and lyric innovation.”

For more information about The Readings at Ramapo Visiting Writers Series or Terrance Hayes’ reading, please contact Professor of English James Hoch via email at jhoch1@ramapo.edu.

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Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on Niche.com, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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