Bio

 

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 of sci-fi/fantasy, fiction and poetry.

His work has appeared in over 20 publications (list). 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 2019 Kimbilio Fellow. He’s been featured in The Baltimore Sun.

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 currently lives and writes in Maryland. Find out more about his books in the shop.