Terrance Hayes -Department of English - Carnegie Mellon University

Terrance Hayes

Professor of English

Department of English
Carnegie Mellon University
Baker Hall 259
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
Office: Baker Hall 260 G
Phone: (412) 268-9195
Fax: (412) 268-7989


The dimensions of culture remain at the center of my professional and personal goals, permeating not only the themes of my work, but my relationships with audiences, colleagues and students. At Carnegie Mellon University, I developed Out Poetry, a Readings in Poetry course exploring the intersections of poetry and the public sphere. I have read and conducted workshops in prisons, high schools and at various colleges and universities throughout the country. My work has been featured on The News Hour with Jim Lehrer and in journals like Poetry and the New Yorker. Publishers Weekly listed Wind in Box, my most recent collection, as one of the top 100 books published in 2006. Hip Logic, my second book was a 2001 National Poetry Series selection and Muscular Music, my debut collection, received the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Other honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Whiting Foundation. There are recurring explorations of identity and culture in my work and rather than deny my thematic obsessions, I work to change the forms in which I voice them. I aspire to a poetic style that resists style. In my newest work I continue to be guided by my interests in people: in the ways community enriches the nuances of individuality; the ways individuality enriches the nuances of community.