The Paideia School

An Evening with Terrance Hayes

Jane Pepperdene Speaker Series

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Thursday, November 17, 2022

Paideia Theater, 6:30 p.m.
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The Paideia School
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National Book Award-Winner and MacArthur “Genius” Award Recipient, Terrance Hayes will visit The Paideia School on Thursday, November 17, 2022 for a book reading followed by a discussion and book-signing.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Theater and is free and open to the public. 

Please invite interested friends, family, and other members of our extended community. If you have children in the high school, you’re welcome to bring them along as well.

Seats are still available and walk-ups are welcome.

Hayes is an elegant and adventurous writer with disarming humor, grace, tenderness, and brilliant turns of phrase, very much interested in what it means to be an artist and a black man. He writes, “There are recurring explorations of identity and culture in my work and rather than deny my thematic obsessions, I work to change the forms in which I voice them. I aspire to a poetic style that resists style. In my newest work, I continue to be guided by my interests in people: in the ways community enriches the nuances of individuality; the ways individuality enriches the nuances of community.”

Professor of English at New York University, Hayes currently resides in New York City.


Hayes’s books will be available to purchase at the event, courtesy of Charis Books & More.

Terrance Hayes is the author of American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin (2018); a finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry and winner of the Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry; How to Be Drawn (2015), longlisted for the National Book Award in Poetry; Lighthead (2010), winner of the National Book Award in Poetry; Wind in a Box (2006), winner of a Pushcart Prize; Hip Logic (2002), winner of the National Poetry Series and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award; and Muscular Music (1999), winner of both the Whiting Writers Award and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. He is also the author of the short-story collection To Float in the Space Between: Drawings and Essays in Conversation with Etheridge Knight (2018), which won the Etheridge Knight Criticism Collection award from the Poetry Foundation; and the editor of the anthology Wicked Enchantment: Selected Poems (2020).

Hayes’ visit is sponsored by the Pepperdene Fund, a trust established in 2009 by Jane Pepperdene, professor of English at Agnes Scott College and then teacher at Paideia for twenty years. Dr. Pepperdene’s generous endowment allows Paideia to bring writers of distinction to the school for the benefit of its students and the community. To learn more about legacy giving, please visit

Email Sarah Schiff at with any questions regarding the event.

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The Paideia School is a private independent pre K to 12 school located in Druid Hills. The school has become known for the individual attention it provides its students, for strong academics, for strong athletics and arts programs, and for a vibrant community spirit.

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