Chestertown, MD, March 27, 2002 — Award-winning poet William Heyen will read from his works on Thursday, April 4, 2002, at 4:30 p.m. in the Sophie Kerr Room of Washington College's Miller Library. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.
Born in Brooklyn, NY, Heyen is a well-respected American poet whose work has led many reviewers to compare him to one of his spiritual forefathers, Walt Whitman. Heyen professes his indebtedness to Whitman and subscribes to the earlier poet's belief that "the poet's art is not to chart but to voyage." According to Dictionary of Literary Biography essayist William B. Thesing, "Heyen's lyre has basically seven thematic strings—memory, nature, perception, disintegration, death, the past in Long Island and Germany, and the present community in Brockport [where he makes his home]."
Heyen is the editor of the soon-to-be-released anthology September 11, 2002: American Writers Respond, which will include includes responses from some of the finest writers in the country—John Updike, Erica Jong, Robert Pinsky and others—to the events of September 11.