Marvin Roy Hiemstra

Marvin Hiemstra

Title: Poet, Humorist, Literary Consultant
Location:  San Francisco, California, United States

Marvin Roy Hiemstra has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in writing.

As a poet, humorist and literary consultant, Mr. Hiemstra has committed his career to entertaining and reaching people through written words. “When I was in seventh grade, I read a review of an E.E. Cummings book in Time Magazine. It was riveting, enjoyable and impacted me in a way that led me down the path toward the life I live today,” he says of the moment that sparked his professional journey. In short, Mr. Hiemstra writes in order to make people think and allow them to feel good. He has always been very connected to the natural world due to his upbringing on a remote farm in Iowa, which he feels has allowed him to explore subjects with raw curiosity and speak honestly about the world around him. The authenticity that Mr. Hiemstra brings to his writing has afforded him opportunities to impact a wide range of people around the country. It has also brought him much success as a writer. 

To support his writing career, Mr. Hiemstra first pursued and completed his education. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing, with honors, from the State University of Iowa in 1962. From there, he attended Indiana University and achieved a Master of Arts in literary criticism in 1966. Mr. Hiemstra’s noteworthy roles over the last four decades include his work as a book arts consultant for Juniper Von Phitzer Press in San Francisco, California. He has found success in this role since 1975, giving his unbiased advisement on countless projects and written works. He has also served as an editor of the Bay Area Poets Season Review since 2003.

Mr. Hiemstra has authored many books and anthologies over the years. He is the author of “Cats in Charge,” “Dream Tees,” “Autobiography of Teardrop,” “Two-Way Zipper Dream,” “Iambic Jam,” and “French Kiss Destiny.” He has pushed the boundaries of traditional media for writing and created a performance video entitled “A Turquoise Coyote Under Your Pillow,” and a CD titled “In Deepest USA.” The noteworthy anthologies that Mr. Hiemstra has put together include “Blue Arc West,” published by Tebot Bach in 2006, “For Loving Precious Beast,” published by Purple Sage Press in 2006, “Poets 11 2008,” published by the San Francisco Public Library in 2008 and “The Outer Gate,” published by Hippocampus Press in 2009. In addition, Mr. Hiemstra has published multiple anthologies in partnership with the Marin Poetry center Press, including “Changing Harm to Harmony,” and three editions of “Marin Poetry Center Anthology” in 2010, 2011 and 2014.

Outside of his written works, Mr. Hiemstra has also done live performances and exhibits to showcase his linguistic abilities and expertise. His recent performances include those at the 330 Club in San Francisco, California, the Caveat Lector Salon, the Florey’s Book Company, the Frank Bette Center for the Arts, the Healdsburg Literary Guild, La Promenade Poetry & Music, and the Marin Poetry Festival, among more than a dozen others. In recognition of his professional excellence in his career, Mr. Hiemstra was the recipient of a Narrative Poetry Award from the Browning Society, a Three Poem Prize from the Montalvo Center for the Arts, a Poet in Performance Award from the Carmel Festival for the Performing Arts, a first place prize from the Mount Diablo Poetry Contest and a Healdsburg Literary Guild 2Q Literary Illuminations Prize. In addition, Mr. Hiemstra was a Pushcart Nominee and the winner of the Poets 11 Competition.

As he looks to the future, Mr. Hiemstra intends to publish his most recent book “Raven Knows: Your Smile is Unique,” which is slated to release in late 2019.

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