Poet, playwright, and essayist Todd Hearon grew up in North Carolina. He received an MA in Irish studies from Boston College and a PhD in editorial studies from Boston University. Hearon’s lyric, sometimes formal poems are rich with allusion and historical reference even as they engage contemporary culture. In a 2007 interview for the Exeter Bulletin, Hearon noted, “I have been faced with the new artistic problem (new for me, not for art) of how to find a place in my poems for the ugly, the treacherous, the false, the banal—things that have always, of course, been there, but that seemed to have floated to the surface of my consciousness, stayed put, and sought expression.”
His poetry collection Strange Land (2010) was selected by poet Natasha Trethewey as a winner of the Crab Orchard Poetry Series in Poetry Open Competition Award. Hearon is the recipient of a PEN New England Discovery Award and a Friends of Literature Prize from Poetry magazine. His second collection of poems, No Other Gods (Salmon Poetry, 2015), was a finalist for the Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor’s Choice Award, the May Swenson Poetry Award, and the Vassar Miller Poetry Prize. His poetry has been anthologized in Best New Poets 2007. Hearon has also received the Dobie Paisano Fellowship from the University of Texas at Austin.
While at Boston University, Hearon co-founded the Bridge Theatre Company, a troupe dedicated to classical and contemporary verse drama. Active as both actor and director, Hearon has won the Paul Green Playwrights Prize.
He lives in Exeter, New Hampshire, with his wife, poet Maggie Dietz.