UPDATE: October, 2014

Best known for his short-short stories about 'the boys,' Jim Heynen has published widely as a writer of poems, novels, nonfiction, and short fiction. His stories about the boys have been featured often on National Public Radio's ""All Things Considered,"" as well as on radio in both Sweden and Denmark. Minnesota astronaut George Pinky Nelson took a taped collection of the stories for bedtime listening on his last space mission. The most recent collection of these stories, The Boys' House, was named Editors' Choice for Best Books of 2001 by The Bloomsbury Review, Newsday, and Booklist. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.


Following is a listing of published books and chapbooks. For details on each, see Bibliography.

Ordinary Sins: After Theophrastus, Milkweed Editions, Fall, 2014.

The Fall of Alice K.Hardback, Milkweed Editions, 2012.

Sunday Afternoon on the Porch (2008), text for Everett Kuntz photographs taken of small-town Iowa, 1939-42. Hardback, University of Iowa Press.

Old Swayback (2006), letterpress and hand-sewn limited-edition book in boards with one short story accompanied with wood engraving foldout by Gaylord Schanilec on Chinese rice paper; Midnight Paper Sales.

Schoolhouses of Minnesota (2006), prose poems, poems, and prose vignettes to accompany photographs of old Minnesota schoolhouses by Doug Ohman; hardback, Minnesota Historical Society Press.

Harker's Barns (2003), prose poems to accompany Michael Harker's photographs of old barns; paperback, University of Iowa Press

The Boys' House: New & Selected Stories (2001), short stories, Minnesota Historical Society Press

Standing Naked: New and Selected Poems (2001), poems, Confluence Press

Fishing For Chickens: Stories About Rural Youth --editor--(2001), short stories, Persea Books

Why Would a Woman Pour Boiling Water on Her Head? (2001), short stories, Tribolite Press

Cosmos Coyote and William the Nice (2000), novel, Henry Holt Inc.; paperback edition (2002), HarperTempest, a Division of HarperCollins

Being Youngest (1997), novel, Henry Holt; paperback edition (2000) HarperCollins

The One-Room Schoolhouse (1993), short stories, Knopf hardback; paperback edition (1994), Vintage Contemporaries

Writing About Home (1991), nonfiction, Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis and Clark College

One Hundred Over 100 (1990), nonfiction, Fulcrum Publishers

You Know What Is Right (1985), short stories, North Point Press

A Suitable Church (1981), poems, Copper Canyon Press

The Man Who Kept Cigars in His Cap (1979), short stories, Graywolf Press

How the Sow Became a Goddess (1976), poems, Confluence Press

Sioux Songs (1976), translations, Blue Cloud Quarterly

The Funeral Parlor (1976), long-poem, Graywolf Press

Notes From Custer (1975), poems and translations, Bear Claw Press

Maedra Poems (1974), chapbook, poems, Peaceweed Press