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For Terrance Hayes, Pittsburgh and Poetry Are No Strangers

Hayes is the author of three books of poetry and is a professor of Creative Writing at Carnegie Mellon University. He discusses life as a poet in Pittsburgh, "where no one is a stranger," and shares some of his work. 08:01

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