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William Heyen


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William Heyen was born in Brooklyn, NY, on November 1, 1940, and raised by his German immigrant parents in Hauppauge and Nesconset in Suffolk County. Eventually, he earned his PhD in English at Ohio University, and has also been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from SUNY. A former Senior Fulbright Lecturer in American Literature in Germany, he has won Guggenheim, NEA, and several other awards. His work has appeared in hundreds of magazines and anthologies, and he is the author or editor of dozens of books, including Noise in the Trees (an American Library Association “Notable Book”), Crazy Horse in Stillness (winner of the Small Press Book Award), Shoah Train (finalist for the National Book Award), and A Poetics of Hiroshima (a Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle main selection). His voluminous journals are appearing from H_ANGM_N Editions. In 2016, Etruscan Press will publish The Candle: Collected Holocaust Poems / 1970–2015. Mr. Heyen lives with his wife in Brockport, NY where he is Professor of English/Poet in Residence Emeritus at the College at Brockport.


Bill Wolak (interviewer) has just published his twelfth book of poetry entitled Love Opens the Hands with Nirala Press. Recently, he was a featured poet at The Mihai Eminescu International Poetry Festival in Craiova, Romania. Mr. Wolak teaches Creative Writing at William Paterson University in New Jersey.

(A special thanks to Cross-Cultural Communications, who initiated the interview.)