Katie Hays

Assistant Professor of English
Specialization: poetry writing, contemporary poetry, creative writing

K. A. (Katie) Hays is the author of two full-length poetry collections: Dear Apocalypse (2009) and Early Creatures, Native Gods (2012). A third book, Windthrow, is forthcoming in winter 2017. Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry (2009, 2011), Best New Poets, and many magazines, including Southern Review, American Poetry Review, Kenyon Review, Northern Woodlands, and Gray's Sporting Journal. She is also a fiction writer whose work has appeared in more than a dozen magazines. Born in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania in 1980, Hays studied literature at Bucknell and Oxford universities, and earned an M.F.A. in the Literary Arts (fiction) from Brown University in 2005. A recent poet-in-residence at the former Elizabeth Bishop House in Great Village, Nova Scotia, and at the Robert Frost Place in Franconia, New Hampshire, she teaches creative writing and directs the Bucknell Seminar for Undergraduate Poets.

Educational Background

  • MFA, Brown University

Teaching Interests

  • Creative writing: poetry, fiction (the short story)
  • Contemporary American poetry
  • Contemporary fiction

Current Projects and Research Interests

  • Windthrow, book of poetry, forthcoming February 2017 (Carnegie Mellon University Press)

Selected Publications

Early Creatures, Native Gods, book of poetry, 2012 (Carnegie Mellon University Press)

Dear Apocalypse, book of poetry, 2009 (Carnegie Mellon University Press)

Poems published online:

"Mind in Flock, Mind Apart"

"Heat Goes out Walking in the Cold"

"Mother Goose Self-Help"

"Windthrow" and "Windflaw"


"Flood" (with audio)


"To Mindless Forces"


"Psalm against a Rapture"

from DEAR APOCALYPSE (2009):

"This Morning after Snow, the Bod Scrapes off"


"Just as, After a Point, Job Cried Out" (short film via MotionPoems'work with Best American Poetry)