Jennifer Michael Hecht

Jennifer Michael Hecht is a historian and poet. She is the author of three poetry collections: Who Said (Copper Canyon Press, 2013); Funny (University of Wisconsin Press, 2005), winner of the 2005 Felix Pollak Prize; and The Next Ancient World (Tupelo Press, 2001), winner of the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award and the Tupelo Press Judge’s Prize in Poetry.

Hecht is also the author of nonfiction works, including The Wonder Paradox (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2023) and Stay: A History of Suicide and the Arguments Against It (Yale University Press, 2015).

Hecht has taught at The New School and Columbia University and lives in Brooklyn, New York.