Biographies Robert Hayden

U.S. Consultant in Poetry, 1976-1978

Robert E. Hayden, U.S. Consultant in Poetry, 1976-1978.

Robert Hayden was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1913. He published nine collections of poetry, including Heart-Shape in the Dust (1940); A Ballad of Remembrance (1962), winner of a grand prize at the First World Festival of Negro Arts in 1966; and Selected Poems (1966). In 1975, he was awarded the Academy of American Poets fellowship. Hayden was appointed Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1976, the first African American to hold the position. He taught at Fisk University and the University of Michigan. Robert Hayden died in 1980.

Audio Recordings with Robert Hayden

Selected Works at the Library of Congress