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Heyen, William, 1940-



  • Existence: 1940-11-01    


William Heyen is an American poet and editor. He was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1940, and educated at the State University of New York at Brockton and Ohio University. He taught American literature and creative writing at SUNY Brockport for over thirty years before his retirement in 2000.

His books of poetry include: Erika: Poems of the Holocaust (1984), Crazy Horse in Stillness (1996), Pig Notes and Dumb Music (1998), Diana, Charles, and the Queen (1998), Shoah Train (2003), The Confessions of Doc Williams (2006), and A Poetics of Hiroshima (2008). He edited the collection of poetry September 11, 2001: American Writers Respond (2002).

Found in 5 Collections and/or Records:

Louis Daniel Brodsky collection of William Heyen papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 1257
Content Description:

Contains correspondence, writings, printed material, proofs, production files, audio tapes, and other papers created by or relating to the life and work of William Heyen.

Dates: 1970-2011

William Heyen papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 352

The collection consists of material created and accumulated by William Heyen in the course of his activities as a poet and editor, and primarily documents Heyen's literary career from 1995 to 2009. Material includes correspondence with poets and writers, writings by Heyen and others, bound copies of Heyen's journals dating from 1965 to 1994, original journals dating from 1994 to 2006, notebooks, printed material, and other papers.

Dates: 1915-2022

Letter : to Dan [Gerber], 1979 May 17

 Part of Collection — Box 37: [Barcode: 39002137170461], Folder: GROUP 585, F-1
Call Number: YCAL MSS MISC
Scope and Contents:

TLS discussing springtime and Heyen's poem "The Cardinal;" thanking Gerber for sending his novels; mentioning Jim Tipton's poetry; and noting that he is sending a copy of "Long Island Light."

Removed from: Heyen, William, Long Island Light: poems and a memoir. New York: Vanguard Press, 1979.

Dates: 1979 May 17

Poems, 2009

 Part of Collection — Box 37: [Barcode: 39002137170461], Folder: GROUP 585, F-2
Call Number: YCAL MSS MISC
Scope and Contents:

Two autograph poems, "Attitude" and "Aubade," signed. With pencil drawings on verso, initialed. . Titles include "Attitude" and "Aubade".

Dates: 2009

Yale Collection of American Literature reading series

Call Number: YCAL MSS 211
Abstract: Sound recordings on compact discs, audio cassettes, fliers, pamphlets and broadsides documenting the Yale Collection of American Literature Reading Series. The collection includes recordings and printed material generated by annual Yale student poetry readings; a videocassette and printed material related to the Bollingen Prize Readings at Center Church in September 2002; and recordings and publicity materials for readings by established and published contemporary American poets from 2002 to...
Dates: 2002-2010