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  • Congratulations to Willow Hecht, who is taking part in the lion rescue mission Operation Spirit of Freedom in Lima, Peru, run by Animal Defenders International!

  • Congratulations to Martha Carlson on the publication of her novel Sagas of a Vinland Timber Scout on Range View Press!  It's available in Kindle edition at Amazon.

  • Congratulations to Sam Kerson and Katah for winning the Public Prize at the Rene Carcan International Printmaking Show in Belgium! www.dragondancetheatre.com

Bookshelf photo of Daniel Hecht's books by Stella Hovis.  For permission to use the cover images displayed on this site, I would like to thank Bloomsbury, Viking/Penguin, Signet/New American Library, Macmillan, Crown/Random House, Simon & Schuster UK./Pan, Blackstone Audio Books, Uitgeverij Luitingh-Sijthoff, Plaza y Janes Editores, Kustannusosakeyhtio Otava, Uitgave van Concentra Uitgeversmaatschappij, Circulo de Lectores, Editora Rocco Ltda., Wilhelm Goldmann Verlag, Arnoldo Mondator Editores, G.K. Hall & Co., Presses de la Cite.

​​"Former musician Daniel Hecht has brought a welcome artistry to his new field . . .  He is a writer for those who demand texture, intriguing information, and a provocative thesis along with their thrills."     -  Publishers Weekly (starred review)

    Recent Reading

  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • The Good Lord Bird by James McBride
  • The Woman Who Wasn't There by Robin Fisher
  • Maus by Art Spiegleman
  • The Elephant Whisperer by Lawrence Anthony
  • Absolute Friends by John Le Carre
  • So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson
  • The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olson
  • Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard
  • On the Track of Unknown Animals by Bernard Huevelmans

Daniel Hecht


  • Kites Redux!: The large kite we built in Maine flew again this August -- to truly historic heights.  Each year, we have added 500 feet of line, so that this time the kite ended up 1,500 feet out, with a steep vertical angle. The ragged, scrap-built, six-foot kite nailed itself to the sky for an hour, wearing us out with the power of its pull.  The culmination of the adventure was that the U.S. Coast Guard scrambled a military aircraft to scout out the mysterious object on their shore radar!  A big, gray, four-engine prop plane came from the mainland, banked steeply well below our kite, and returned to base.  We didn't have a camera on it this time, but you can still see what 500 feet of line looks like by following the video links on www.danielhechtblog.com. 

  • A curriculum on creativity: After many years of procrastination, I am assembling my essays on the process, practice, and neuroscience of creativity; the first test subjects of this curriculum are my students in Creative Writing at Champlain College. You can read excerpts of these essays at www.danielhechtblog.com.