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Occupation  Professor
Name  Terrance Hayes
Spouse  Yona Harvey

Genre  Poetry
Nationality  American
Role  Poet
Terrance Hayes About Terrance Hayes
Born  November 18, 1971 (age 44) Columbia, South Carolina (1971-11-18)
Alma mater  Coker College, University of Pittsburgh
Notable awards  National Book Award for Poetry
Education  Coker College, University of Pittsburgh
Awards  National Book Award for Poetry, National Poetry Series
Nominations  NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work - Poetry
Books  Lighthead, Wind in a box, Hip logic, Muscular Music, How to Be Drawn
Similar People  Cornelius Eady, Natasha Trethewey, Toi Derricotte, Yusef Komunyakaa, Nikky Finney

Terrance hayes

Terrance Hayes (born November 18, 1971) is an American poet and educator who has published five poetry collections. His 2010 collection, Lighthead, won the National Book Award for Poetry in 2010. In September 2014, he was one of 21 recipients of the prestigious MacArthur fellowships awarded to individuals who show outstanding creativity in their work.


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Life and education

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Hayes was born in Columbia, South Carolina.

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He received a B.A. from Coker College and an M.F.A. from the University of Pittsburgh writing program. He was a Professor of Creative Writing at Carnegie Mellon University until 2013, at which time he joined the faculty at the English Department at the University of Pittsburgh.

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He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife, the poet Yona Harvey, who also serves as a professor at the University of Pittsburgh, and their children.


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Hayes first book of poetry, Muscular Music (1999), won both a Whiting Award and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. His second collection, Hip Logic (2002), won the National Poetry Series, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and runner-up for the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets. He won the National Book Award for Lighthead.

Hayes poems have appeared in literary journals and magazines including The New Yorker, The American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Fence, The Kenyon Review, Jubilat Harvard Review, West Branch, Poetry, and The Adroit Journal'.

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In praising Hayes's work, Cornelius Eady has said: "First you'll marvel at his skill, his near-perfect pitch, his disarming humor, his brilliant turns of phrase. Then you'll notice the grace, the tenderness, the unblinking truth-telling just beneath his lines, the open and generous way he takes in our world."

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In September 2014, he was honored as one of the 21 2014 fellows of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The fellowship comes with a $625,000 stipend over five years and is one of the most prestigious prizes that is awarded for artists, scholars and professionals.

In January 2017, Hayes was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.


  • 2014 MacArthur Foundation Fellow
  • 2011 United States Artists Zell Fellow for Literature
  • 2010 National Book Award for Poetry, for Lighthead
  • Pushcart Prize, a Best American Poetry 2005 selection
  • National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship
  • 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship
  • James Laughlin Award runner-up, from the Academy of American Poets
  • Kate Tufts Discovery Award for Muscular Music (1999)
  • 2001 National Poetry Series, for Hip Logic
  • 1999 Whiting Award
  • Poetry collections

  • How to Be Drawn (Penguin Books, 2015)
  • Lighthead (Penguin Books, 2010) —winner of the National Book Award
  • Wind in a Box. Penguin Books. 2006. ISBN 9781440626982. 
  • Hip Logic. Penguin Books. 2002. ISBN 978-0-14-200139-4. 
  • Muscular Music (Tia Chucha Press, 1999; reissued by Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2006)
  • References

    Terrance Hayes Wikipedia

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