Born in Columbia, Terrance Hayes received his B.A. from Coker College and his M.F.A. from the University of Pittsburgh. Hayes was a MacArthur Fellow in 2014 and has published six books of poetry and one of criticism. Muscular Music (Tia Chucha Press, 1999) won a Whiting Writers Award and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, Hip Logic (Penguin, 2002) was a National Poetry Series selection, Wind in a Box (Penguin, 2006) was a Hurston-Wright Legacy Award finalist, Lighthead (Penguin, 2010) won the National Book Award, How to Be Drawn (Penguin, 2015) received the 2016 NAACP Image Award for Poetry, and American Sonnets for my Past and Future Assassin (Penguin, 2018) was a finalist for the National Book Award and a number of other prizes. To Float in the Space Between: Drawings and Essays in Conversation with Etheridge Knight (Wave, 2018) won the Poetry Foundation’s 2019 Pegasus Award for Poetry Criticism. Hayes has previously taught at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh and is currently Professor of English at New York University.