S.C. native Terrance Hayes receives prestigious MacArthur Fellowship
From The State:
Hayes, whose work infuses hip-hop with the sensibility of his southern bringing that includes the legacy of Strom Thurmond, has published several volumes of poetry that addresses race, gender and family.
Hayes, 42, is a professor of writing in the Department of English at the University of Pittsburgh.
The “genius grant” from the MacArthur Foundation recognizes exceptional individuals doing transformative, creative work with a track record of achievement in their field and the potential for even more significant contributions in the future. Fellows each receive a no-strings-attached grant of $625,000.
Hayes has a bachelor’s degree from Coker College and a master’s in fine arts from the University of Pittsburgh. He was affiliated with Xavier University of Louisiana and Carnegie Mellon University before joining the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh as a professor of writing in 2013. His additional publications include “Muscular Music” (1999), “Hip Logic” (2002), and the forthcoming “How to Be Drawn” (March 2015).
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