Helen Heightsman Gordon

Helen Heightsman Gordon, M.A., Ed. D., while a Professor of English at Bakersfield College in Bakersfield, California, published five textbooks and many professional journal articles. Her opinion pieces, humor, and poetry have been published in such diverse publications as Amelia, Gray’s Sporting Journal, Good Housekeeping, the Bakersfield Californian, and the Salt Lake Tribune. In 2007, Gordon won first prize for the “Best Historical Novel” at Hollywood Book Festival for her first novel, Voice of the Vanquished: The Story of the Slave Marina and Hernan Cortes. In 2008, she ranked as a finalist in the category of “Best New Non-Fiction Books,” for her second edition of The Secret Love Story in Shakespeare’s Sonnets. Her 20 years of research into the authorship issue have led to fresh new interpretations of the sonnets, and a unique solution to the riddle of the 1609 Dedication to the Sonnets. She is listed in several “Who’s Who” compendia and on the “Authors Den” website. She wrote the following poem “Close Parentheses (the Last Love Song)” for her husband Clifton, who died in 2004. She lives in Santa Barbara, California, U.S.A., where she continues to write novels, articles, and poetry.

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