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Cornelia Street Cafe 12/10, 6pm

Cornelia Street Cafe 12/10, 6pm

December 3, 2017

  Dear friends in New York or friends who might be in New York this weekend or friends who have New York friends: I’ll be reading at Cornelia Street Cafe on Sunday, 12/10, at 6pm with poets D. Nurkse, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, and Philip Fried. Do come. Bring friends. Tell friends. TOGETHER FOR THE FIRST […]

PN Review: “The truth, however it may manifest itself, is what Richard Hoffman is after in his prose and poetry…”

PN Review: “The truth, however it may manifest itself, is what Richard Hoffman is after in his prose and poetry…”

November 19, 2017

From PN Review 238, Volume 44 #2, November – December 2017. Living in the World M.G. Stephens Richard Hoffman, Noon until Night (Barrow Street Press) $16.95; Richard Hoffman, Love & Fury (Beacon Press) $16.00 Twenty years ago, Richard Hoffman was the author of a singular memoir, Half the House, and no other book publications. In that score […]

Poet to Poet/Writer to Writer with Doug Holder

Poet to Poet/Writer to Writer with Doug Holder

November 9, 2017

Doug Holder is a man dedicated to interviewing, archiving, and recording the many writers and artists who make Somerville the “Paris of New England”. His TV show “Poet to Poet/Writer To Writer” can be seen on Somerville Community Access TV Show  (Tuesdays Channel 3 @ 5 PM ) Many of these shows are archived at the […]

Write Angles Conference Interview: What motivated you? Did you worry about others’ feelings?

Write Angles Conference Interview: What motivated you? Did you worry about others’ feelings?

November 9, 2017

“Interview” with Richard Hoffman from the Write Angles Conference November 6, 2017 by writeanglesblog Richard will be a panelist on the memoir panel. He has provided the following text of this exchange with a long-ago student of his; the questions and responses pertain to his first memoir, HALF THE HOUSE. Additionally, Richard was interviewed by Amy Grier about both HALF […]

Interview with the Woven Tale Press: “I see my younger self in many of today’s young poets.”

Interview with the Woven Tale Press: “I see my younger self in many of today’s young poets.”

November 9, 2017

WTP Writer: Richard Hoffman Interview by August Smith, WTP Feature Writer Richard Hoffman has published four volumes of poetry: Without Paradise; Gold Star Road, winner of the Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize and the Sheila Motton Award from The New England Poetry Club; Emblem; and his new collection Noon until Night. His other books include the celebrated Half the House: a Memoir, published […]

Selected Poems from Noon Until Night

Selected Poems from Noon Until Night

November 1, 2017

The Road Mothers with newborns in knotted slings, on their heads impossible towers of things,              the old in carts, the children by the hand, these people crossing a cratered land                          are more than metaphor; but they are […]

Richard Hoffman is author of the memoirs Half the House and Love & Fury; the poetry collections, Without Paradise; Gold Star Road, winner of the 2006 Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize and the 2008 Sheila Motton Award from the New England Poetry Club; Emblem; and most recently Noon until Night. A fiction writer as well, his Interference & Other Stories was published in 2009. A former Chair of PEN New England, he is Senior Writer in Residence at Emerson College. To inquire about readings, conferences, courses, and speaking engagements, please click below.

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Terrance Hayes, Poet and educator. Winner of the National Book Award

If Anton Chekhov returned as a modern-day poet, Richard Hoffman would be his name. His poems reverberate with the same lucid witness and precision. Bridging histories local and cultural, they draw on literary traditions while simultaneously heralding experiment and invention.

Terrance Hayes, Poet and educator. Winner of the National Book Award
Patricia Smith American poet, Spoken-word performer, playwright, author, and writing teacher. Winner of the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets. 

Richard Hoffman is a fiercely gifted poet whose stanzas revel in the infinite possibilities of language, and jolt, surprise, and satisfy at every turn. This is work to be savored and embraced.

Patricia Smith American poet, Spoken-word performer, playwright, author, and writing teacher. Winner of the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets. 
Afaa Michael Weaver,  Poet, fiction writer, and editor. Winner of the Kingsley Tufts Award for Poetry 

Hoffman is the poet traveling our nightmare of now, our descent into a lack of love for one another, but along the way he finds etchings of hope on the walls.

Afaa Michael Weaver, Poet, fiction writer, and editor. Winner of the Kingsley Tufts Award for Poetry