Whitney Hayes grew up in Appalachian Virginia and received her Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing from Virginia Tech. Following her graduation in 2008, she traveled to India for six weeks to teach English in the Himalayan Mountains. She returned in 2009 and moved to the D.C. Metropolitan area where she stayed for several years. In 2011, she abruptly took an internship in London, where she lived for one year. Upon its completion, she returned to Virginia and immediately began applying to graduate schools.
Hayes received her MFA from Chatham University in Pittsburgh, where she lived for four years. She has recently returned to Blacksburg, VA to pursue a second Master’s in Sociology.