van den Heuvel, born and brought up in New England, has been writing
haiku since he first discovered the genre in 1958 in San Francisco,
where he heard Gary Snyder mention it at a poetry reading in North
Beach. Early the following year he was back on the east coast writing
haiku in a small cottage in Maine. The fall of that year he moved
to Boston where he worked as a house poet in Beat coffee houses reading
haiku and other poetry with jazz accompaniment.
By the winter of
1960-61 he was part of the poetry-reading scene at the Tenth Street
Coffee House in New York City. In 1971 he joined the Haiku Society
of America, becoming its president in 1978. The Society has given
him three Merit Book Awards for his haiku. He has published ten chapbooks.
The most recent is a book of baseball haiku called Play Ball (Red
Press, 1999). He is also the editor of The Haiku Anthology, now in
its third edition.
Van den Heuvel
was the United State's representative to the 1990 International Haiku
Symposium in Matsuyama. At the World Haiku Festival held in London
and Oxford in 2000, he received a World Haiku Achievement Award.
In 2002, he was awarded The Masaoka Shiki International Haiku Prize
[biography source: Haiku