University of Pittsburgh English Professor Set for New York Times Magazine Poetry Duty

Terrance Hayes will select and briefly introduce poems.

There’s a lot to ponder in Terrance Hayes’ biographical details. For example, not too may individuals can point to both All-American basketball honors while in college followed by a MacArthur Foundation 2014 fellowship.

Per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Hayes, an English professor at Pitt university and co-director of the Center for African American Poetry, will start next month as The New York Times Magzine’s third poetry editor:

Born in Columbia, S.C., Mr. Hayes studied painting and English at Coker College in Hartsville, S.C., and was an Academic All-American on the men’s basketball team. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1997 and taught in Japan, Columbus, Ohio and New Orleans before returning to Pittsburgh in 2001. He taught for 12 years at Carnegie Mellon University before joining the Pitt faculty in 2013.

The MacArthur prize of $625,000 is paid out over five years, so Hayes is still powered currently by that great honor. To read the fun details of how he found about being selected, click here.

Previously on Fishbow:
New York Times Devotes a Full Page to Poetry