William Heyen (America, b. 1940)

Heyen an American poet, editor, and literary critic who received his BA from the State University of New York at Brockport and earned a doctorate in English from Ohio University. He taught American literature and creative writing at SUNY–Brockport for over 30 years. While touring Germany, Heyen visited a number of sites involved in the Holocaust and, inspired by his family history, he created three volumes of poetry published over the next 32 years. He has been highly lauded, awarded grants from the National Endowment of the Art, Guggenheim, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters.