Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, Hedges was born on July 6, 1962. His father was a minister and his mother was a drug and alcohol counselor who would later succumb to cancer in 2000. With his dad being a minister, Hedges spent much of his youth attending funerals and visiting nursing homes, an experience, according to the writer, that granted him an acute sense of mortality-a recurrent theme that would wend its way into his work.
After graduating Valley High School, Hedges attended the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, where he majored in theater and earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1984. Hedges then formed the Edge Theater, an experimental theater group, with cl... Continue Bio >>