Award-winning poet Michael Hettich ’75 is out with a new collection of poetry called To Start an Orchard, published by Press 53.
Poetry East editor and poet Richard Jones calls Hettich “one of our best and most necessary poets” and describes To Start an Orchard as “a call to arms, demanding consciousness, responsibility and love.”
Hettich has published more than a dozen books and chapbooks of poetry and his work has appeared widely in journals and anthologies. He is the recipient of a Florida Book Award, The Tampa Review Prize in Poetry and the David Martinson-Meadow Hawk Prize.
Hettich earned a BA in English at Hobart, a master’s at the University of Denver and a doctorate in English and American literature from the University of Miami. He retired from a career as a professor of English and creative writing at Miami Dade College’s Wolfson Campus. Hettich lives in Black Mountain, N.C., with his wife Colleen.
To Start an Orchard is available at the Colleges Bookstore, and on Amazon.