Robert Hayden

Robert Hayden was an American poet, essayist, educator. He was appointed Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1976 (later called the Poet Laureate). Hayden's collections include Heart-Shape in the Dust: Poems (Falcon Press, 1940), The Lion and the Archer (Hemphill Press, 1948), A Ballad of Remembrance (P. Breman, 1962), Selected Poems (October House, 1966),  Collected Prose (University of Michigan Press, 1984) and others. Hayden twice received the Hopwood Award for poetry, won the Grand Prize for Poetry at the World Festival of Negro Arts for A Ballad of Remembrance, received the Academy of American Poets Fellowship and earned the Russell Loines Award from the National Institute of Arts and Letters.