Renowned Poets Start a New Chapter for Aspiring Writers



Poets Terrance Hayes and Patricia Smith came to Fordham University Lincoln Center (FCLC)  on Wednesday afternoon for The Reid Family Writers of Color series: exclusive, hour-long poetry classes for undergraduate and graduate students looking to pursue a career in creative writing.

Both sessions occurred simultaneously and were held on the sixth floor of Lowenstein with eight  to ten students in each class. The classes explored the process for brainstorming ideas for both poetry and short story writing while also having the students write something of their own.
Terrance Hayes is the author of four books of poetry and a 2010 National Book Award in Poetry recipient who has been published in The New Yorker and The American Poetry Review just to name a few. Patricia Smith is a four-time National Poetry Slam individual champion who has appeared on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam. Smith is also the author of “Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah,” a collection of poems detailing the Great Migration, counting “Push” author, Sapphire, as a major fan.