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Bill Heyen at RIT!

On Wednesday, November 19, the distinguished poet William Heyen will be visiting classes and reading his poetry. A poetry professor for three decades at SUNY/Brockport, Bill Heyen mentored numerous students who’ve gone on to become noted poets in their own right, including many members of Just Poets. He also graciously agree to read at our 10th anniversary celebration at the Arts Council’s gallery last April.

Consider joining us for the following free, public events:

3-3:50 pm: Reception and informal discussion in the Bamboo Room, Campus Center 2650 , Student Alumni Union, RIT

4:00-5:30 pm: Poetry Reading and Booksigning in the Reading Room,  Campus Center 2050, SAU


William Heyen was born in Brooklyn and grew up in Suffolk county on Long Island. He received a BA from the State University of New York at Brockport and earned a doctorate in English from Ohio University in 1967. Heyen taught American literature and creative writing at SUNY Brockport for over 30 years before retiring in 2000.  Heyen has received fellowships from the Guggenheim, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. In 2004, he was one of the five finalists for the National Book Award for poetry for his volume Shoah Train. His works include Hiroshima Suite (2012), The Angel Voices (2010), Confessions of Doc Williams and Other Poems (2006), Pig Notes and Other Dumb Music: Prose on Poetry(1998), and Diana, Charles, & the Queen(1998), Crazy Horse in Stillness (1996),Pterodactyl Rose: Poems of Ecology (1991),Long Island Light: Poems and a Memoir(1979), and The Swastika Poems (1977). 













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