Ernest Hekkanen
Finnish North American Literature Association
Biographical Information

Ernest Michael Hekkanen was born on April 27, 1947 in Seattle, Washington. His
father, from Lohtaja, Finland, arrived as a child in 1918 with his parents and
siblings. Ernest currently lives in Vancouver, British Columbia and writes short
stories and other creative works. He received a B. A. from the University of
Washington and an MFA from the University of British Columbia.

Ernest Hekkanen would have to be called a publishing dynamo. He lists 41 books
and oodles of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction that has been anthologized in larger
collections. Here, I list the published books, and below a list of poetry,

His web page can be accessed from the link here:

http://www3.telus.net/neworphicpublishers-hekkanen/

Read a review of Of a Fire Beyond the Hills Here.

Read a review of
The Collected Short Stories of Ernest Hekkanen: Naturalistic,
Modern Gothic, Surreal & Postmodern, Vol. I
. Here.

Publications

Books of Poetry

Straying from Luminosity. New Orphic Publishers (Vancouver 1999)

The Wedding Cycle.
New Orphic Publishers (Vancouver 1996)

Individual Poems

“The Word Mechanic.” New Orphic Review. 4.1(2001).

“View of the Hinterlands.”
New Orphic Review. 3.2 (2000).

"Reaching for Word.”
New Orphic Review. 3.1 (2000).

“I Did This.”
New Orphic Review. 2.2 (1999).

“Ode to Dad.”
Dandelion. 18.1 (1991).

“Veering out of Ice.”  
Event 20.1 (1991).

“The Doughnut Pantry” and “Humor off My Coast.”
Descant 71-72 (1990); 91.

“The Last Rites Hotel.”
Ariel 18.2 (1987),

"Today a Flight of Tongues” and “Hidden in the Flesh near the Heart.”
Matrix 24
(1987).

“Training the Beast to Fly.”
Ariel 16.1 (1984).

“The Flying Embrace.”
Wascana Review 16.1 (1984).

“The Rustling You Faintly Hear.”
Fiddlehead 141 (1984).

“The Stone Wafer” and “The Myriad Footprints.”
Dandelion 11.1 (1984).

“Breathing Sparrows into Me” and “This Morning the Birds.”
Matrix 18 (1984).

“Dance the Jolly Jugman.”
Quarry 91.2 (1984).

“The Myth Dreamed into Flesh.”
Queen's Quarterly 91.2 (1984).

“Festooned with Feathers.”
Dandelion 10.20 (1983).

“The Dancing in the Wind.”
Canadian Literature 97 (1988).

“A Woman Whose Flesh Would Dream.”
Dalhousie Review 62.4 (1982-83).

“When I Bathe” and “Garden, Resuscitated.”
Wascana Review 17.1 (1982).

“Once Again  As I Dysfunction.”
Antigonish Review 47 (1981).

“The Way We Go.”
Matrix 18 (1991).

“Our Precious Health.”
Canadian Author and Bookman 57.1 (1981).

“Laughter of the Crows.”
Canadian Literature 84 (1980).

“Hunt as I Hunt” and “Minimal Being.”
Quarry 29.3 (1980).

“Love Ballad of a Neurotic.”
Alpha 4.3 (1980).

“This, Our Purpose” and “Shelter, what Shelter.”
Origins 9.1 (1979).

“Notes to a Friend.”
Waves 7.3 (1979).

“The Last Rites Hotel,” “A Sanctuary of Smell,” “Reaching for Words,” “View from
the Hinterlands,” “Straying from Luminosity,” and “I Was as Light Is.”
Connecting
Souls: Finnish Voices in North America.
Varpu Lindström & Börje Vähämäki,
editors. Beaverton, Ontario, Canada: Aspasia Books, 2000.


Novels

Heretic Hill. New Orphic Publishers: Nelson, BC, Canada.  Read a review here.

Of a Fire Beyond the Hills: A Novel Based on News Stories. New Orphic Publishers
(
Nelson 2008) Review.

Up & Coming (In Seattle). New Orphic Publishers (Nelson 2003)

The Misadventures of Bumbleberry Finn. New Orphic Publishers (Nelson 2001)

Good Ol’ Boy: Willis V. McCall, (with Ed Roy) New Orphic Publishers (Vancouver
1999)

The Last Thing My Father Gave Me. New Orphic Publishers (Vancouver 1999)

The House of Samsara. New Orphic Publishers (Vancouver 1997)

Chasing After Carnivals (revised). New Orphic Publishers (Vancouver 1997)

Black Snow: An Imaginative Memoir (with Margrith Schraner). New Orphic
Publishers (Vancouver 1996)

From a Town Now Dreaming. New Orphic Publishers (Vancouver 1995)

Chasing After Carnivals. Stoddart (Don Mills 1985)


Novellas

Shadows on a Cave Wall. New Orphic Publishers (Nelson 2007)

The Life of Bartholomew G. New Orphic Publishers (Nelson 2005) Review.

Man’s Sadness. New Orphic Publishers (Vancouver 2000)

The Island of Winged Wonders. New Orphic Publishers (Vancouver 2000)

My Dog Is More Than Just A Dog To Me. New Orphic Publishers (Vancouver 1999)

Dementia Island. New Orphic Publishers (Vancouver 1999)

You Know Me Better Than That. New Orphic Publishers (Vancouver 1998)



Short Story Collections

The Collected Short Stories of Ernest Hekkanen: Naturalistic, Modern Gothic,
Surreal & Postmodern, Vol. II.
New Orphic Publishers (Nelson, 2010

The Collected Short Stories of Ernest Hekkanen: Naturalistic, Modern Gothic,
Surreal & Postmodern, Vol. I.
New Orphic Publishers (Nelson, 2010). Review.

Melancholy and Mystery of a Street. New Orphic Publishers (Nelson 2004)

The Big Dave (and Little Wife) Convention. New Orphic Publishers (Nelson 2004)

Medieval Hour in the Author’s Mind: The Revised, Expanded Edition. New Orphic
Publishers (Nelson 2003)

Writing Through to the End, #1 Editor NUC Press (Nelson 2002)

The Flat Earth Excavation Company: A Surreal Fiction Anthology Editor. New
Orphic Publishers (Nelson 2002)

The Shipwrecked Heart: Tales of the Fantastic and the Macabre. New Orphic
Publishers (Nelson 2001)

Bridge Over the Tampere Rapids and Other Finnish Stories. New Orphic
Publishers (Vancouver 1998)

Those Who Eat at My Table. New Orphic Publishers (Vancouver1998)

The Soul You Call Your Own. New Orphic Publishers (Vancouver 1997)

Journeys That Bring Us Here. New Orphic Publishers (Vancouver 1996)

The Violent Lavender Beast. Thistledown Press (Saskatoon 1988)

Medieval Hour in the Author's Mind. Thistledown Press (Saskatoon 1987)


Plays
The Expulsion (Goodbye, Chubby Chickens) Goodbye. New Orphic Publishers
(Nelson 2002)

The Radio Interview. New Orphic Publishers (Nelson 2001)

The Clown Act. New Orphic Publishers (Nelson 2001)

Harbinger of Fall. New Orphic Publishers (Nelson 2001)

The Well. New Orphic Publishers (Nelson 2000)

The Lambing. New Orphic Publishers (Nelson 2000)

Beyond The Call. New Orphic Publishers (Vancouver 1997)



Essays and Criticism

Kafka: The Master of Yesno: A Critical Study of the Writer and His Work. New
Orphic Publishers (Nelson 2006).

Heretic! New Orphic Publishers (Nelson 2005). Review.

Sometimes I Have These Incendiary Dreams. New Orphic Publishers (Vancouver
2000).

Turning Life into Fiction: An Aesthetic Manifesto. New Orphic Publishers
(Vancouver 1996).



Individual Works of Prose

FICTION:

“The Maquette,”
New Orphic Review, Vol. 9, no. 1, 2006

“The Puukko,”
New Orphic Review, Vol. 8, no. 2, 2005

“The Last Spike, Circa 2004,”
New Orphic Review, Vol. 8, No. 1, 2005

“The Old Dog’s Opera Company,”
New World Finn, Vol. 6, No. 1, 2005

“Along the Silk Road,”
New World Finn, Vol. 5, No. 3, 2004

“Uncle Reino’s Nagging Problem,
New World Finn, Vol. 5, No. 2, 2004

“When Death Comes Home to Roost,”
New Orphic Review, Vol. 7, No. 1, 2004

“Dad Went Back to Finland,”
New World Finn, Vol. 4, No. 4, 2003

“Along the Silk Road,”
New Orphic Review, Vol. 6, No. 2, 2003

“Melancholy and Mystery of a Street,”
New Orphic Review, Vol. 6, No. 2, 2003

“The Malingerer's Bureau,”
New Orphic Review, Vol. 6, No. 1, 2003

“The Odd Cane Out,”
New Orphic Review, Vol. 5, No. 2, 2002

“The Misadventures of Bumbleberry Finn,”
New Orphic Review, Vol. 4, No. 2, 2001

“Goodfellow Finds It Deep,”
New Orphic Review, Vol. 4, No. 1, 2001

“The Merry Voyager,”
New Orphic Review, Vol. 3, No. 2, 2000

“The Lost Boy,”
New Orphic Review, Vol. 3, No. 2, 2000

“Arms Like Coiled Serpents,”
New Orphic Review, Vol. 2, No. 1, 1999

“Journeys That Bring Us Here,”
New Orphic Review, Vol. 1, No. 2, 1998

“The Priest Fainted,”
New Orphic Review, Vol. 1., No.1, 1998

“Miasma: An Imaginative Memoir,”
Canadian Fiction Magazine, #77, 1992

“Never Trust Anyone with $400 Boots,”
Minus Tides, Vol.5, No.1, 1992

“The Rite,”
The Finnish American Reporter, Vol.4, No.11, 1991

“Pale Suitor,”
Canadian Fiction Magazine, #71, 1990

“Flesh & Spirit: The Rasputin Meditations,”
Canadian Fiction Magazine, #70, 1990

“Ice Reports,”
Grain, Vol.17, No. 4, 1989

“The Wooden Arms of the Angel,”
Wascana Review, Vol.21, No.2, 1987

“The Violent Lavender Beast,”
Canadian Fiction Magazine, #58, 1986

“Preface: The Influence of Alexander Mikkonen,”
Canadian Fiction Magazine, #54,
1985

“The Tick,”
Descant, #50, Vol.16, No.3, 1985

“The Merry Voyager,”
Prism International, Vol.24, No.1, 1985

“The Aviarium, Fantastikka,”
Canadian Fiction Magazine, No.48, 1984

“The Barb Arm King of the World,”
Prism International, Vol.22, No.4, 1984

“The Taking of Lake Shutney,”
Event, Vol.12, No.2, 1983

“All Night Gas Bar,”
Event, Vol.11, No.1, 1982

“The Successor,”
The Malahat Review, No.62, 1982

“Bring Back the Bands, Please,”
Fiddlehead, No.129, 1981

“In the New World,”
Northward Journal, Nos.18/19, 1980

“The Rite,”
Canadian Fiction Magazine, Nos.32/33, 1980

“The Fatal Error,”
The Malahat Review, No.55, 1980

“The Black Tom,”
Waves, Vol.8, No.3, 1980

“The Bather,”
Event, Vol.9, No.2, 1980

“Chasing After Carnivals,”
Fiddlehead, No.120, 1979

“The Day After,”
Pierian Spring, fall, 1978

“Plut's Discovery,”
Chelsea Journal, No.4, No.2, 1978

“Have a Little Decency,”
Quarry, Vol.27, No.1, 1978

“A Faithful Friend,”
Descant, Vol.9, Nos.1/2, 1978

“In the New World,”
CutBank, No.9, 1977

“Cadillacs and Chevies Don't Mix,”
Waves, Vol.5, Nos.2/3, 1977

“I Work in the City,”
Prism International, Vol.15, Nos.2/3, 1976

“Twenty Feet Down,”
Event, Vol.5, No.2, 1976



NON-FICTION:

“The Slavery of Our Times,”
New Orphic Review, Vol. 9, no. 1, 2006

“Heretic & Infidel,”
New Orphic Review, Vol. 8, no. 2, 2005

“Ruling Fictions,”
New Orphic Review, Vol. 8, no. 1, 2005

“Being Here,” a review,
Books in Canada, Vol. 34, No. 4, 2005

“Finnish Masterpiece,”
Books in Canada, Vol. 34, No. 2, 2005

“Lost in a Labyrinth but Unwilling to Escape,”
Books in Canada, Vol. 33, No. 4,
2004

“No Exit Except Through Magic,”
New Orphic Review, Vol. 7, No. 1, 2004

“Feats of the Imagination,”
New Orphic Review, Vol. 7, No. 1, 2004

“Wrestling with Demons,”
B.C. BookWorld, Vol. 17, No. 4, 2003

“Resiliently Yours,”
New Orphic Review, Vol. 4, No. 2, 2001

“Alienation and the Kingdom,”
New Orphic Review, Vol. 4, No. 1, 2001

“Surrealism and the Environment,”
New Orphic Review, Vol. 3, No. 2, 2000

“Taxidermy, and the Writer,”
The New Orphic Review, Vol. 3, No. 1, 2000

“Incendiary Dreams,”
The New Orphic Review, Vol. 3, No. 1, 2000

“In Search of a New Orphic Hero,”
The New Orphic Review, Vol.2, No.2, 1999

“Inducing Millennium Psychosis,”
The New Orphic Review, Vol. 2, No. 2, 1999

“Graffiti, Canadian Style,”
The New Orphic Review, Vol. 2, No. 1, 1999

“Taking Risks,”
The New Orphic Review, Vol. 1, No. 2, 1998

“An Exploration into the Viability of the Global Economic Design,”
The New Orphic
Review,
Vol. 1, No.1, 1998

“Finnish-American-Canadian Literature and Art,”
Kaiku/Echo, Vol. 6, Nos.9-11,
1996

“Ernest Hekkanen: United States, 1969,”
Voices in Exile: Refugees Speak Out,
Thinkware Publishers, 1994

“Cambie Hall: a metaphor for cooperation,”
The Finnish American Reporter, Vol.6,
No.11, 1994

“Cambie Hall: a metaphor for cooperation:
Kaiku/Echo, Vol.4, No.11, 1994

“Folklore Seminar Revisited,”
Kaiku/Echo, Vol.4, No.4, 1994

“Clayoquot Sound and the Väinämöinen Complex,”
The Finnish American
Reporter
, Vol.7, No.3, 1994

“On Trial: Clayoquot Arrestee Fights Back,”
Ever Wild, Vol.5, No.1, 1994

“An Exploration into the Viability of the Global Economic Design,”
Common Sense,
Vol.1, No.1, 1993

“Sober Thoughts on the Big Drunk,”
Vancouver Sun, Dec. 12, 1992

“Beyond the Blooze,”
Vancouver Sun, Oct. 10, 1992

“Death's Door,”
Vancouver Sun, May 8, 1992

“Silence is deafening when Humans Hunt,”
Vancouver Sun, Apr.25, 1992

“How low will you go for a buck?”
Vancouver Sun, March 28, 1992

“Citizens Band,”
The Vancouver Review, No.7, 1991

“Questionable Practices,”
The Vancouver Review, No.3, 1990

“Thoughts on the Novella,”
Canadian Fiction Magazine, No.48, 1984