Welcome to my poetry, inspired by nature, a rich imagination and a lifetime of 78 years.

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Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, William Hengst has lived most of his adult life in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He earned a B.A. degree from Dartmouth College in 1961, and later a Ph.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania.  After working 25 years as a city planner, he changed careers to free-lance journalism, creative writing, and gardening which he has pursued since.

He writes both poetry and short stories.  One of his stories received an honorable mention award in 2011 from Glimmer Train magazine. His poems have appeared in over a dozen journals, and published in two books – Runaway Freight and Yard Man.

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Contact Me

If you would like to contact me and/or purchase my books, please complete the following form and submit.  If you wish to purchase books, I will send you my address where you can send a check; also include your postal address below.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Runaway Freight, $14.00, or $16.50 with free shipping; the book also is available at Amazon.com.

Yard Man, $10.00, or $14.00 with free shipping.