Terrance Hayes
Pittsburgh, PA
2011 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by Helen Zell.

Poet Terrance Hayes has published four collections of his work. Hayes, who writes in a variety of styles and forms that include high and low cultural references, is interested in “the nuances of history and identity.” His poetry has won several awards, including a Whiting Writers Award for his first collection, Muscular Music (1999), a National Poetry Series Award for Hip Logic (2002), and the National Book Award for Poetry for Lighthead (2010). Hayes is Professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

Portrait photo courtesy Yona Harvey.
  • Artwork by Terrance Hayes
    Lighthead, 2011; photo courtesy Penguin Group; cover art by Terrance Hayes
Artwork by Terrance Hayes