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MDC Professor Michael Hettich Wins National Poetry Competition

Michael Hettich

MDC Professor Michael Hettich

Miami, September 16, 2011 - Professor Michael Hettich, who teaches creative writing at Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Wolfson Campus, recently won the prestigious 2011 Swan Scythe Press Poetry Chapbook Contest for his manuscript, The Measured Breathing.

Swan Scythe Press is one of the country’s most respected poetry publishers. Prof. Hettich’s manuscript was chosen among 165 entries, from 34 U.S. states and four foreign countries, and will be published by Swan Scythe Press in the fall.

“Michael Hettich’s distinct voice; his work stood out immediately from the large number of competent and interesting poets who entered our contest.  I was particularly impressed by his ability to write a book of lyric poems without using the word ‘I’ and by his startling images of transformation and transcendence,” said James DenBoer, Swan Scythe Press’ editor.

Prof. Hettich has published 12 books and chapbooks of poetry. His work has appeared in Orion, TriQuarterly, Praire Schooner, Alaska Quarterly Review, Cake, Hamilton Stone Review, International Literary Quarterly, Poetry East, and many other literary journals. His most recently-published book of poems is Like Happiness, from Anhinga Press; a new book, The Animals Beyond Us, is forthcoming from New Rivers Press. 

A recipient of several State of Florida Individual Artist Fellowships, the Brooklyn native earned a doctorate degree from the University of Miami in 1991, and has taught at MDC for more than 20 years. Prof. Hettich is also co-adviser of the award-winning Metromorphosis, the Wolfson Campus student literary magazine.               

Swan Scythe Press was founded in 2000 by poet Sandra McPherson, and is now edited by James DenBoer, also a poet. For more information on Swan Scythe Press, please visit, email the editor directly at, or write to 515 P Street, #804, Sacramento CA 95814.


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