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Kat Hayes, MA

Kat Hayes
Affiliate Instructor of English & Adviser to The Waltonian and Inklings
Joined Eastern: 2008

Research Interests

My research interests include formal and free-verse poetry. I am interested in the New Formalism movement from my four years of work at the West Chester Poetry Conference. I am also interested more broadly in the pedagogy of the creative writing classroom.

More recently, in light of my work with INST150, I have become interested in higher education pedagogy with an emphasis on the first-year college student experience. I am interested in the resources, support systems, strategies, and skills that can help first-year students to succeed academically, socially and spiritually. 

Professional Experience and Passion

I love education! I especially love higher education. For more than four years during my undergraduate and graduate careers, I gained practical experience teaching writing and grammar in writing centers at both Eastern and West Chester University. Since then I have taught first-year writing courses, as well as courses in research writing, analytical writing, critical thinking, journalism, creative writing, and interdisciplinary studies. Clearly I love to teach!  

In the summer you can find me…still teaching! I teach eight weeks of nature education at Tyler Arboretum in Media. Teaching at the arboretum allows me to share my love of nature with kids, and, more importantly, lets them share their love of nature with me. We splash through the streams, hike the trails, and climb the larger-than-life treehouses. It keeps me in touch with my inner kid!

My particular passions include working with first-year students and with student publications. I am invigorated and inspired by the first-year experience, with all the emotions, transitions, and growth that go along with it. I also love helping students publish their work. I am the adviser for The Waltonian, the student newspaper on campus and am fascinated by the stories students want to tell. I also advise Inklings, the literary magazine on campus, which accepts student writing, artwork, and photography. 

Courses frequently taught

College Writing
Creative Writing
Interdisciplinary Studies


MA in Creative Writing, West Chester University

Selected Recent Publications and Presentations


“Map Song,”  Nimrod International Journal of Poetry and Prose (2011).
“Urban Surrealism,” Nimrod International Journal of Poetry and Prose (2011).
“Seascape with Jellyfish,”  Forthcoming in The Foundling Review (2013).
"Sacrament,"  West Chester University Printing Press (2007).


Curtis Institute of Music, Poem “Sacrament” set to music and performed
Network For New Music, January 2008- First Prize Poem, reading at Kimmel Center, Philadelphia

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