UPDATE: Aug., 2012
Now available from Milkweed Editions:
THE FALL OF ALICE K., a bi-racial love story of a precocious 17-year-old farm girl and a teenage Hmong immigrant, set in the final four months of the twentieth century against the background of the farm girl's collapsing farm and family. Pub. Sept., 2012
Forthcoming from Milkweed EditionsORDINARY SINS: After Theophrastus, a collection of short-shorts, illustrated by Tom Pohrt. Pub.: 2013
1. I SHOULD HAVE LISTENED, a children's picture book, illustrated by Tom Pohrt.
2. MAYBE JUST MAYBE, a longer children's story about a physically-challenged squirrel, to be illustrated by Tom Pohrt.
Following is the biographical material that has appeared on this web site for some time:
Best known for his short-short stories about 'the boys,' Jim Heynen has published widely as a writer of poems, novels, nonfiction, and short fiction. His stories about the boys have been featured often on National Public Radio's ""All Things Considered,"" as well as on radio in both Sweden and Denmark. Minnesota astronaut George Pinky Nelson took a taped collection of the stories for bedtime listening on his last space mission. The most recent collection of these stories, The Boys' House, was named Editors' Choice for Best Books of 2001 by The Bloomsbury Review, Newsday, and Booklist. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Following is a listing of published books and chapbooks. For details on each, see Bibliography.
The Fall of Alice K.Hardback, Milkweed Editions, 2012.
Sunday Afternoon on the Porch (2008), text for Everett Kuntz photographs taken of small-town Iowa, 1939-42. Hardback, University of Iowa Press.
Old Swayback (2006), letterpress and hand-sewn limited-edition book in boards with one short story accompanied with wood engraving foldout by Gaylord Schanilec on Chinese rice paper; Midnight Paper Sales.
Schoolhouses of Minnesota (2006), prose poems, poems, and prose vignettes to accompany photographs of old Minnesota schoolhouses by Doug Ohman; hardback, Minnesota Historical Society Press.
Harker's Barns (2003), prose poems to accompany Michael Harker's photographs of old barns; paperback, University of Iowa Press
The Boys' House: New & Selected Stories (2001), short stories, Minnesota Historical Society Press
Standing Naked: New and Selected Poems (2001), poems, Confluence Press
Fishing For Chickens: Stories About Rural Youth --editor--(2001), short stories, Persea Books
Why Would a Woman Pour Boiling Water on Her Head? (2001), short stories, Tribolite Press
Cosmos Coyote and William the Nice (2000), novel, Henry Holt Inc.; paperback edition (2002), HarperTempest, a Division of HarperCollins
Being Youngest (1997), novel, Henry Holt; paperback edition (2000) HarperCollins
The One-Room Schoolhouse (1993), short stories, Knopf hardback; paperback edition (1994), Vintage Contemporaries
Writing About Home (1991), nonfiction, Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis and Clark College
One Hundred Over 100 (1990), nonfiction, Fulcrum Publishers
You Know What Is Right (1985), short stories, North Point Press
A Suitable Church (1981), poems, Copper Canyon Press
The Man Who Kept Cigars in His Cap (1979), short stories, Graywolf Press
How the Sow Became a Goddess (1976), poems, Confluence Press
Sioux Songs (1976), translations, Blue Cloud Quarterly
The Funeral Parlor (1976), long-poem, Graywolf Press
Notes From Custer (1975), poems and translations, Bear Claw Press
Maedra Poems (1974), chapbook, poems, Peaceweed Press