Roger W. Hecht hails from Wheaton, Maryland, in the Washington DC suburbs. After earning his B.A. in English from the University of Maryland, he went on to earn an MFA in Poetry from the University of Arizona and a Ph.D. in Literature from Syracuse University. In his brief, nearly six decade time on this earth he has slung sandwiches in the Maryland Food Coop, driven trucks for an art delivery business in DC, part-time para-legaled in Tucson, hitchhiked across the country thrice, was an honorary member of an all-women’s peanut butter collective, co-founded the Among Other Things reading series in Tucson, and served as director of the Tucson Poetry Festival. He is currently an Associate Professor of English at SUNY Oneonta, where he teaches courses in American literature and creative writing and co-directs the Red Dragon Reading Series. When he’s not teaching, he plays drums in a local Ithaca blues band, Off the Rails.
He has published critical essays on Herman Melville, James Fenimore Cooper, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and the animated films of Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata. A three-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize, he has published poems in Denver Quarterly, Puerto del Sol, Diagram, Prick of the Spindle, Gone Lawn, and A-Minor, Yes Poetry, and many other journals. His books include The Erie Canal Reader (Syracuse University Press), an edited collection of literary writings about the Erie Canal, and a collection of poetry, Talking Pictures (Cervena Barva Press). A chapbook of poetry, Witness Report, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. He is currently writing a book investigating the ecological themes in the films of Japan’s Studio Ghibli. He lives with his wife, the author Joan Marcus, and daughters in Ithaca, New York.