Terrance Hayes, codirector of the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics, is a professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh. Hayes is the author of Lighthead (Penguin 2010), winner of the 2010 National Book Award and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His other books are Wind In a Box (Penguin 2006), Logic (Penguin 2002), and Muscular Music (Tia Chucha Press, 1999). His honors include a Whiting Writers Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a United States Artists Zell Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a MacArthur Fellowship. How To Be Drawn (Penguin 2015), his most recent collection of poems, was a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award, the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award, and received the 2016 NAACP Image Award for Poetry. Hayes earned his MFA from the University of Pittsburgh in 1997. After teaching in Ohio, New Orleans, and Japan, he returned to Pittsburgh. Hayes taught at Carnegie Mellon University until returning to his alma mater in 2013 as a full professor in the Department of English.
Read more about Hayes at his Web site terrancehayes.com.