Person. Storyteller. Work-in-progress. A. Jarrell 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.
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 seven poetry collections, four fantasy novels, three short story collections and a handful of zines. He sells his books independently.
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 began publishing poetry under the name A. J. Hayes in 2013.
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 and publishing consultant. He presents workshops in zine making.
He currently lives and writes in Maryland, where he designs products for writers and readers on Zazzle. He makes zines of literature and visual art, and sells them on Gumroad. He writes on Medium and Patreon.