In The Halo of Bees: New & Selected Poems 1990-2022, award-winning author Michael Hettich presents selections of his previous books-more than two dozen, spanning five decades-alongside a section of new poetry written for this collection. His poetry "takes us on a constant course of discovery," and The Halo of Bees is a journey as much for the reader as it has been for Michael Hettich.
Katherine Soniat has taught at the University of New Orleans, Hollins University, the University of North Carolina at Asheville, and Virginia Tech, where she was a faculty member for twenty years. Her previous collections include Bright Stranger, The Swing Girl, and A Shared Life, winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize and selected by Mary Oliver for a Virginia Prize in Poetry.
Born in New York City and raised in its suburbs, Michael Hettich has lived in Colorado, Northern Florida, Vermont, Miami, and Black Mountain, North Carolina, where he now lives with his family. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Miami and taught for many years at Miami Dade College where he was awarded an Endowed Teaching Chair. His poetry, essays, and reviews have appeared widely in many journals and anthologies, and he has published more than two dozen books of poetry across five decades. His honors include several Individual Artist Fellowships from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, The Tampa Review Prize in Poetry, the David Martinson/Meadowhawk Prize, a Florida Book Award, and the Lena M. Shull Book Award from the North Carolina Poetry Society. His website is michaelhettich.com