Joe Hayes

Joe Hayes is an award-winning author and nationally recognized teller of Southwestern tales from the Hispanic, Native American and Anglo cultures. His bilingual Spanish-English tellings have earned him a distinctive place among America’s storytellers. He has published over twenty children’s books. Joe has visited some 3,000 schools and is the resident storyteller at the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian in Santa Fe for 26 years. A whole generation of Southwestern children have grown up listening to his tales. He has been featured at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesboro, Tennessee. Joe’s books have received the Arizona Young Readers’ Award, two Land of Enchantment Book Awards, the Southwest Book Award and the Texas Bluebonnet Award. For his storytelling he received the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence and Achievement in the Arts and was designated a New Mexico Eminent Scholar by the New Mexico Commission on Higher Learning. Recent awards include:

  • 2007 Texas Bluebonnet Award – Ghost Fever
  • 2005 Talking Leaves Literary Oracle Award – National Storytelling Network
  • 2005 Land of Enchantment Children’s Book Award – For El Cucuy
  • 2005 Latino Family Literacy Award – For La Llorona
  • 2005 Storyteller of the Year IPPY Award – Independent Publishers Association