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Published:November 21st, 2011 13:49 EST
Judyth Piazza interviews Charles van Heck, Author and Poet on The American Perspective

Judyth Piazza interviews Charles van Heck, Author and Poet on The American Perspective

By Judyth Piazza CEO (Editor)

Charles Van Heck was born in 1953 in Jersey City, lived in Secaucus when it was farms and swamp, then moved to Oakland, New Jersey.  He attended Ramapo College of New Jersey where he obtained a B.A, in History. Van Heck has degrees from the University of Dayton, and the University of Michigan. Over the years he has lived in various parts of the country.

For a brief period, he lived as a contemplative, he found himself more drawn to quiet places where nature can be appreciated. Besides having worked in the corporate world, he has attended seminary. Over the years he has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in religion and literature.  Van Heck has also been a guest speaker at churches of various denominations around the Midwest and Northeast.

As a writer, his poetry and academic writing has appeared in various journals. In 1992, he stopped publishing to concentrate on research and to develop as a writer. During this period, he had the opportunity to meet and spend time with various national political figures. In 2005, he volunteered and served on the relief efforts of hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma. he has also done volunteer work with underprivileged children and the terminally ill.

Van Heck has written two novels. Mister Lincoln`s Elephant Boy is a historical novel set in the American Civil War. The second is a mystery titled Her Future Past. The novels were well received, Mister Lincoln`s Elephant Boy having been published twice, will now appear as an e-book. Currently, Van Heck is writing poetry and researching the sequel to Her Future Past in addition to writing a weekly blog at



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