Hayes’s poetry collections include Lighthead (2010), which won a National Book Award, was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award, and was nominated for a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award; Wind in a Box (2006); Hip Logic (2002), which was chosen for the National Poetry Series and also a finalist for an LA Times Book Award and an Academy of American Poets James Laughlin Award; and Muscular Music (1999), which won a Kate Tufts Discovery Award. His poems have also been featured in several editions of Best American Poetry and have won multiple Pushcart Prizes.
Hayes’s additional honors include a Whiting Writers’ Award and fellowships from the MacArthur Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation. He has taught at Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Alabama, and the University of Pittsburgh. Hayes lives in Pittsburgh.
Poems By TERRANCE HAYES
Blog Posts By TERRANCE HAYES
Audio & PodcastsPoem of the Day The Poetry Magazine Podcast
December 2014: "I darned it out of myths"
Terrances Hayes and Melissa Broder read new poems, plus the editors talk with Jennifer Bartlett about poetry and disability.
Something Has Come Between Us!
Is simile a species of metaphor? And other catchy concepts.
Honor Thy Father's Day
Robert Hayden and Terrance Hayes take the Hallmark out of the holiday.
The Snowed-in Life
What does snow have to do with race?
A Straight Man's Epiphany in a Gay Bar
Terrance Hayes explores relationships between men.
VideoNewsHour Poetry Series
- For Terrance Hayes, Pittsburgh and Poetry Are No Strangers
The poet discusses life in Pittsburgh, "where no one is a stranger," and shares some of his work.
- National Book Award Winner Hayes Reads From Lighthead
National Book Award winner Terrance Hayes reads the title poem from his award-winning volume, Lighthead.