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A poem for Veterans’ Day

November 11, 2021

SUITE: IN LIEU OF A LEGACY I lived in one of the great cities along a river spanned by beautiful bridges. Trains ran overhead and underground. Bells rang as if we were still in the old world, trolleys passed, shopkeepers swept the sidewalks or cranked down canvas awnings as before the war. Every few moments […]

Writing about Childhood Sexual Abuse

July 27, 2021

I am posting this here as a kind of satellite in orbit around the discussion of Trigger Warnings and Content Advisories over on the Voices of Poetry Facebook page. It’s my contribution to a panel put together by Nikole Brown and including also Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Dorianne Laux, and Kamilah Aisha Moon. The discussion on the […]

A RANT, a prompted piece of prose

June 27, 2021

ON A SIGN IN THE STAIRWELL OF THE UNDERGROUND GARAGE Report Suspicious Behavior What is happening? Who is doing it? Where are they doing it? When did you notice it? Why is it suspicious? Recently the stock market broke 34,000 for the first time in history. The Standard & Poor’s Index, the simplest measure we […]

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 […]

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