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Jennifer Michael Hecht is a poet, intellectual historian, and commentator. She has three award-winning books of poetry, including Who Said (Copper Canyon, 2013) and Funny (Wisconsin, 2005) and four books of history and philosophy, including the bestseller, Doubt (HarperOne, 2003), a history of unbelief all over the world, through history. Her latest is, Stay, a history of suicide and a secular argument against it (Yale, 2013). Hecht's poetry and prose appear in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New Republic, Poetry, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Politico, The American Scholar, and Vox. Hecht has a Ph.D. in The History of Science and European Cultural History, from Columbia University and has taught European History, History of Science, and courses in Poetry, most recently at Poet's House and in the graduate programs at the New School and Columbia. She is writing a new prose book about poetry and meaning, The Wonder Paradox (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux). Hecht has been a featured guest of many NPR shows, including multiple appearances on the Brian Lehrer Show and On Being, and some television, such as Hardball MSNBC and Huffington Post Live. She lectures widely and has blogged for a decade or so at the Best American Poetry.


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