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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Robert G. Hays  

Pen Name: Robert Hays

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction Non-Fiction

Born: May 23, 1935 in Carmi, Illinois

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Hays was born in Carmi, Illinois. He spent 11 years on the professional staff and faculty at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois and 33 years on the faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He currently resides in Champaign, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Hays has been a newspaper reporter, public relations writer and magazine editor. He served two years in the US Army (1955-57) as a draftee and earned three degrees, including an interdisciplinary Ph.D, from Southern Illinois University. At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he received international awards for teaching and communications research, he taught journalism from 1975 until his retirement in 2008. He holds emeritus faculty rank at the University of Illinois and he also taught in Texas and Missouri.


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Awards

-- Pushcart Prize Nominee, 2009, for ''The Life and Death of Lizzie Morris''