William Heyen’s work has been greeted by critical acceptance and acclaim from many quarters. In 1965, Heyen won the Borestone Mountain Poetry Prize from the Prairie Schooner for “Boy of Gull, Boy of Brine.” During 1971-1972, he traveled to West Germany on a Senior Fulbright Lectureship and lectured at the Universities of Freiburg, Tübingen, Hannover, and Oslo, among others. He has been the recipient of three State University of New York Research Foundation Fellowships for poetry, two National Endowment of the Arts Creative Writing Fellowships (1973-1974 and 1984-1985), a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship for Poetry (1977-1978), the Eunice Tietjens Memorial Award from Poetry (1978), the Witter Bynner Prize for Poetry (1982), and the New York Foundation for the Arts Poetry Fellowship (1984-1985). Noise in the Trees was chosen by the American Library Association as one of thirty Notable Books of 1974. The Generation of 2000 was chosen by the American Library Association’s Booklist as an Outstanding Book of 1984. Crazy Horse in Stillness won the 1997 National Small Press Book Award for Poetry. Shoah Train was one of the five finalists in the 2004 National Book Awards.