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Published:November 9th, 2006 03:23 EST
Judyth Piazza chats with Janet Heller, author of How the Moon Regained Her Shape

Judyth Piazza chats with Janet Heller, author of How the Moon Regained Her Shape

By Judyth Piazza CEO (Editor)

Janet Heller, author of How the Moon Regained Her Shape (Sylvan Dell Publishing 2006), is an Assistant Professor within the English Department and Women`s Studies Department at Western Michigan University.  This is her first children`s book and it`s received a Book Sense Pick for How the Moon Regained Her Shape Independent Booksellers 2006.  

Heller is an established writer and poet.  Her past works include the book Coleridge, Lamb, Hazlitt and the Reader of Drama detailing English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh drama.  Heller has written a number of articles on British Literature, American Literature and World Literature.  She has published more than150 poems in books and journals and has also reviewed literary based theater productions and movies. 

Janet Heller earned her doctorate in English Language and Literature at the University of Chicago in 1987 and has been teaching ever since.  Her classes range from topics of British Literature, American linguistics and dialect, poetry and advanced writing.  She continues to publish articles based on her research and interests. 

Heller has been featured in the Directory of American Poets and Fiction Writers since 1979.  She won the Friends of Poetry Contest in Kalamazoo and was a finalist for the Richard Snyder Memorial Poetry Prize.  How the Moon Regained Her Shape was picked as the Book Sense Selection for summer 2006. 

Before completing her doctorate, Heller graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a B.A. in 1971 and a M.A. in 1973, both in English Literature.  She majored in English and Spanish with a minor in Linguistics.  In addition to Heller`s interests in literature and modern language, she enjoys birdwatching, hiking, and canoeing. 

Heller lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan with her husband.  You can reach her by email at janet.heller@wmich.edu.