Immerse yourself in the world of a great American poet and activist. We’ll begin our day with a tour of “Gwendolyn Brooks: A Poet’s Work in Community” with its curator, Nicholas Caldwell. Then, with poet, scholar, and visual artist Terrance Hayes, we’ll look at Gwendolyn Brooks’ poems from different eras of the last century. The poems are time capsules made by one of our truest American pioneers. She belongs to the first generation of The Great Migration, blacks raised two generations after slavery. She witnessed and recorded the century from her neighborhood. Participants should come prepared to discuss their three favorite Brooks poems.
In-person master classes last a full school day. Teachers spend three hours working with the faculty member. During the remainder of the day, participants will have the rare opportunity to exchange ideas and strategies with other brilliant educators who share their passion for the day’s topic. Both parts of the day are highly prized.
Terrance Hayes’ recent publications include American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin, winner of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and co-winner of the Bobbitt Prize; and To Float In The Space Between: Drawings and Essays in Conversation with Etheridge Knight, winner of the Pegasus Award for Poetry Criticism. He is a professor of English at New York University.