A graduate of the University of Houston Creative Writing Program, Peter B. Hyland has held senior fundraising and development writing positions at some of Houston’s finest arts organizations. Most recently with the Menil Collection, Peter served as director of development, managing a portfolio of individual, foundation, corporate, and government prospects, securing in the past year a $3 million major gift and $750,000 in other contributions. Peter also oversaw the creation of the advancement portion of the museum’s first institutional financial model. Prior to his work with the Menil, Peter was a director of development at Inprint, where, among other fundraising duties, he planned and oversaw the Poets & Writers Ball, Inprint’s annual fundraising event, meeting a $300,000 goal each year. Peter was previously a senior development writer with Houston Grand Opera and the Museum of Fine Arts, respectively.
As a creative writer, Peter has published poetry, articles, and book reviews in various journals and magazines, including Gulf Coast, Green Mountains Review, New England Review, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. His debut poetry collection, Out Loud, will be published by Sheep Meadow Press in November 2013. He is often a panel judge for organizational and individual artist grants awarded through Houston Arts Alliance. While a graduate student at UH, he taught for both the Honors College and the English department and was adjunct faculty for an upper level poetry workshop in the fall of 2012. Additionally, he serves on the advisory board of Glass Mountain, the undergraduate literary journal at UH. Before establishing a career in fundraising and creative writing, he earned his bachelor of fine arts in drawing and painting from the University of North Texas.