Terrance Hayes is the author of four previous collections of poetry. In September 2014, he was one of 21 recipients of the prestigious MacArthur fellowships, awarded to individuals who show outstanding creativity in their work. His most recent collection, Lighthead, was the winner of the 2010 National Book Award for Poetry and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His other books include Muscular Music (1999), which won the Kale Tufts Discovery Award; Hip Logic (2002), which won the National Poetry Series Competition and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; and Wind in a Box (2006), which was named one of the best one hundred books of 2006 by Publishers Weekly. His honors include two Pushcart Prizes, four Best American Poetry selections, a Whiting Writers Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He teaches at the University of Pittsburg and lives with his family in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.