Person. Storyteller. Work-in-progress. Antoine J. Hayes began writing at a young age; his first books being handwritten and illustrated stories similar to the Choose Your Own Adventure titles he loved. His writing and books have been published under the names A. Jarrell Hayes and A. J. Hayes.
In 2004 he published his first two books, Heart and Soul of a Thinker (poetry) and Crowning of the Good King (fantasy). Since then, he has written dozens of zines and books in sci-fi/fantasy, fiction and poetry. He sells his books independently and publishes a monthly digital zine, My Medium (available through Gumroad).
His work has appeared in over 20 publications, online and in print . His visual art has been on display at the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) and the Eubie Blake Jazz and Cultural Center in Baltimore. He is a Kimbilio Fellow.
In 2013 he founded a small publishing press called Hidden Clearing Books, LLC (closed in 2016). He has judged contests for the aforementioned press and for the Maryland Writer’s Association. He is a freelance copywriter, publishing consultant and creative workshops facilitator.