Netherlands American Studies Association

Lecture by Terrance Hayes: Poetics and Politics

with award-winning poet Terrance Hayes 

MAY 27, 2024, 8PM-10PM
VONDELKERK, VONDELSTRAAT 120, AMSTERDAM

In 70 poems, Terrance Hayes explores the meanings of America, of assassin, and of love in the sonnet form. Written during the first two hundred days of Donald Trump’s presidency, the poems are haunted by the country’s past and future errors, as well as its dreams and nightmares. In the time since publishing American Sonnets for my Past and Future Assassin the bundle has only become more relevant. Through the eyes of Terrance Hayes, we’ll discuss everything from the country’s struggles with racism, to the political fears that plague most Americans, and the joy one can find from friends and lovers, poetry and literature. Read More 

The event will begin and end the evening with a musical performance, more details to be announced.

Moderators: Sarah Carriger & TBA
In collaboration with: The International Writers’ Collective