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Poetry, Memoir, & Fiction by Richard Hoffman

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In honor of America: 1776 – 2020

January 30, 2020

AN ABECEDARIUM OF COWARDICE — for the Republican senators of the 116th Congress of The United States A is for Acquiesce: In each instance, you chose to call your willingness to give in to a tyrant’s wishes a tactical retreat, even though you had no further tactics in mind. B is for Back down. You […]

A Fable

September 23, 2019

I’ve made a few minor edits on this one, posted a while back, and thought it apt:   THE END OF TIME: A SHORT PLAY Scene 1: (Idyllic setting: a family is picnicking on the grass.) ENTER Chicken Little (running): The sky is falling! The sky is falling! (Confusion. Alarm.) EXEUNT ALL   Scene 2: […]

Jamming with great novelists, Chapter 1

August 28, 2018

Great time last night playing music with friend and colleague Steve Yarbrough. Here’s our cover of “Blue Car” by Greg Brown.

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