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Remembering the Alchemists

June 5, 2021

My essay, Remembering the Alchemists, has received a Pushcart Prize. My gratification at the prize was dampened by the fact that when it was announced my friend the poet Mosab Abu Toha and his wife and 3 young children were hiding in the crawl space under their home in Gaza while F-16s made in the U.S.A. […]

“Geographies of Justice”

May 1, 2021

I am so proud to have work in this remarkable issue of About Place Journal, a publication of The Black Earth Institute, a progressive think-tank devoted to the intersection of social justice, environmentalism, and spirituality. This issue, “Geographies of Justice” is edited by Alexis Lathem, along with Charles Coe and Richard Cambridge. In her Editor’s […]

This Saturday evening, join me and four other remarkable writers and activists.

April 21, 2021

Richard Cambridge’s Poet’s Theater will present four writers whose work appears in the new issue of About Place, “Geographies of Justice.” About Place is the twice yearly journal of The Black Earth Institute, a progressive think-tank. REGISTER AND GET YOUR TICKET HERE to what will be a fabulous evening, including an open-ended discussion with all […]

Three paintings

November 29, 2020

Yesterday, I procrastinated three paintings worth. I woke in the morning, made a list of the things I had to do, then decided I’d rather paint. The list remains intact.

Remembering the Alchemists

September 11, 2020

Here is my most recent essay, from the current issue of Consequence: An International Literary Magazine Focusing on the Culture and Consequences of War.

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