William Heyen, professor of English and poet-in-residence emeritus at SUNY Brockport, has won prizes and fellowships from NEA, Guggenheim Foundation, Poetry and American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is the author of 30 books, including Home: Autobiographies; The Hummingbird Corporation: Stories; Pig Notes & Dumb Music: Prose on Poetry; Crazy Horse in Stillness (winner of the Small Press Book Award in 1997); Pterodactyl Rose: Poems of Ecology; and Shoah Train: Poems (a finalist for the National Book Award in 2004), and edited The Generation of 2000: Contemporary American Poets and September 11, 2001: American Writers Respond. His work has appeared in hundreds of magazines and anthologies.
In A Poetics of Hiroshima, Heyen has broken through to face full square what has been working its way to the surface through several of his highly praised earlier books: the interfusions, in art and in our desire for art, of beauty and atrocity. Joyce Carol Oates calls Heyen "a remarkable poet in whom the visionary and the unblinkingly historical are dramatically meshed."