William Heyen was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1940. A former Senior Fulbright Lecturer in American Literature in Germany, he has been awarded National Endowment for the Arts, Guggenheim, and many other fellowships and prizes. In May of 2011, he received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from State University of New York. His work has appeared in several hundred anthologies and periodicals including American Poetry Review, The Atlantic, The Southern Review,and Poetry Kanto (2007). He edited September 11, 2001: American Writers Respond, and is the author of thirty books including Noise in the Trees (an American Library Association ‘Book of the Year’), Crazy Horse in Stillness (Small Press Book Award for Poetry), Shoah Train: Poems (National Book Award finalist), and A Poetics of Hiroshima (a main selection of the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle). He lives in western New York State where he is Professor of English/Poet in Residence Emeritus at the College at Brockport.
(The following selections from Hiroshima Suite appear in a 67-poem poetic sequence, composed mostly of 15-line sections, here published for the first time.)Selections from Hiroshima Suite