Poet Tess Taylor’s lecture, “The Hammer in Your Hands: A Praise Song for Humanists,” offers a remedy to English major anxiety. She illustrates the value of humanism in an automated world with personal anecdotes ranging from waitress shift meals and a neighborly iguana to John Henry’s enduring legacy, weaving in CAT scan research and the value of a playwright in a data center along the way. Taylor also reads her poem, “Big Granny.”
Tess Taylor is the acclaimed author of “Work & Days,” named one of the 10 best books of poetry of 2016 by The New York Times. She delivered this keynote lecture of the International English Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta, on Oct. 29, 2018.