• M.F.A. Goddard College, Plainfield, VT 1977; Creative Writing.
  • B.A. Fordham University, Bronx, NY 1971; English.



  • Noon until Night: Poems. New York. Barrow Street Press. April, 2017.
  • Love & Fury. Boston. Beacon Press. June 2014
  • Emblem: Poems. New York. Barrow Street Press. December, 2011
  • Interference & Other Stories. Moorhead, MN. New Rivers Press. October 2009. 
  • Gold Star Road: Poems. New York. Barrow Street Press. May, 2007
  • Half the House: a Memoir. New York. Harcourt, Brace. September, 1995; paperback, 1997, Harvest Books; New Rivers Press edition, Moorhead, MN, New Rivers Press, Many Americas Rediscovery Series, October, 2005. Special 20th Anniversary Edition with introduction by Louise DeSalvo, September, 2015.
  • Without Paradise: Poems. San Diego. Cedar Hill Publications. September, 2002.


My work, both prose and verse, has appeared in such periodicals as Agni, American Review, Ascent, Bostonia, The Boston Sunday Globe (book pages), The Carleton Miscellany, Harvard Review, Hudson Review, Kansas Quarterly, The Larcom Review, The Literary Review, Louisville Review, Manhattan Review, Marlboro Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Poetry, Shenandoah, South Dakota Review, New Age, The Sun, The Times Literary Supplement, The Writers’ Chronicle, and Witness among others, as well as in the on-line journals Assay, Breakwater Review, Flashpoint, In-posse Review, Jamtarts, Ninth Letter, Solstice, and Talking Writing.

My poems and essays have appeared in several anthologies as well, including The Fourth Genre: Contemporary Writers of/on Creative Nonfiction (5th Edition), Family Trouble: Writers on Writing about Family; Daily Fare: Essays from the Multicultural Experience, Liberation: New Works on Freedom from Internationally Renowned Poets, An Ear to the Ground: Contemporary U.S. Poetry, The Uses of Poetry, and Eating the Menu: Contemporary American Poetry.

“Neighbors” which appeared in River Teeth, Vol. 8, Number 1, was named a Notable Essay of 2007 in Best American Essays.

“Love & Fury” which appeared in River Teeth, Vol. 13, Number 1, was named a Notable Essay of 2011 in Best American Essays.


  • Brother Thomas Fellowship Award, The Boston Foundation. 2009
  • New England Poetry Club, Sheila Motton Book Award for best poetry collection published in the previous two years. 2009
  • New England Poetry Club, Gretchen Warren Award for best poem published in the previous year. 2009.
  • Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize, 2006
  • Charles Angoff Award, The Literary Review, 2002
  • Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship, 2002
  • Grolier Poetry Prize, Runner-up, 2000
  • Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship, 1996
  • Somerville Arts Council Grant, 1986
  • Massachusetts Artists’ Foundation Fellowship, 1985 (nonfiction)
  • New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship, 1983 (poetry)
  • Half the House: a Memoir was named 1996 Book of the Year by The Boston Athenaeum Readers’ Group.


  • The High Window Journal (UK) Summer, 2017, with editor Anthony Costello.
  • Writing Hard Stories: Celebrated Memoirists Who Shaped Art From Trauma by Melanie Brooks, Beacon Press, February 2017.
  • Solstice Literary Magazine, (Interview on the occasion of the publication of a 20th Anniversary Edition of Half the House: A Memoir.)
  • ______________________, “Five Questions for Richard Hoffman on Memory, Race, and Family” with Lee Hope. (Interview on the occasion of the publication of Love & Fury.)
  • Letting the Story Unfold, an interview with Richard Hoffman by Charles Coe, Massachusetts Poetry Foundation, 2015.
  • Our Man in Boston, (“A Man for All/ Some Seasons: an interview with Richard Hoffman” by Robert Birnbaum.)
  • Porter Square Books, (Interview: “The Audacity of Richard Hoffman.”)
  • HCAM TV, Hopkinton, MA. “Poetry in Motion.” 30 minute interview with Elizabeth Lund.
  • Boston Neighborhood Network. “The Literati Scene.” Interview with Smoki Bacon and Dick Concannon.
  • Somerville Cable Access TV. “Poet to Poet.” Interview with Doug Holder.
  • NBC News, Anchorage, KTUU Television. Two 5 minute news segments on institutional responses to the sexual abuse of children.
  • Consider This, KAKM Anchorage Public Television. Discussion of Half the House, sexual violence against children, justice, and reparations.
  • To the Point, KCRW Los Angeles and Public Radio International. Discussion of youth, media, and sexuality.
  • Ann On-line: two lengthy interviews with Ann Devlin in RealAudio on her web-based news and entertainment program. The program also features a reading from Half the House.
  • Dateline NBC: an eighteen minute segment with correspondent John Hockenberry, chronicles the impact of my memoir, Half the House, which led to the arrest of a coach who had sexually assaulted more than 400 children over a forty year period.
  • Soundings: interview with Wayne Pond, Public Radio International. National Center for the Humanities.
  • Radio Times: interview with Marty Moss-Coane. WHYY-FM. Philadephia.


  • Salem State University Poetry Seminar 2017. Salem Athenaeum. June 9, 2017. (Keynote reading and Master Class.)
  • NonFictioNow! Conference 2017, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland. June 3, 2017. (Panel: “When Writers Repeat Themselves: New Disguises or Fresh Approaches?” with Hope Edelman, Desirae Matherly, Mimi Schwartz, and Michael Steinberg.)
  • Massachusetts Poetry Festival, 2017. Salem, MA. (Featured reading, with Fred Marchant, Gail Mazur, and Lloyd Schwartz.)
  • Annual AWP Conference, Washington DC, February 9, 2017 (Panel: “I Didn’t Ask to Be in Your Story: When Names Matter and When They Don’t” with Mike Steinberg, Phillip Lopate, Mimi Schwartz, and Laurie Stone.)
  • San Miguel de Allende Poetry Week, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, January 8, 2017. (Faculty reading and Q&A)
  • Kachemak Bay Writers Conference, Homer, Alaska. June 10, 2016 (Lecture: “Borrowings: Lyricism, Stagecraft, and Verisimilitude for the Nonfiction Writer.”
  • ______________________________. June 12th, 2016 (Panel: “Writing Across Genres” with Forrest Gander, Alison Hawthorne Deming, and Dan Beachy-Quick.)
  • Annual AWP Conference, Los Angeles, CA, March 30 —April 2, 2016 (Two panels: “Writing and Trauma” with Suzanne Strempek Shea, Ruthie Rohde, and Anthony D’Aries; “The Poetics of Loss: Writing About Private, Public, and Historical Grief” with Richard Michelson, Robin Becker, and Jan Freeman.)
  • Robert J. Carr Visiting Author Series, University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign, March 8, 2016. (Reading and Q&A)
  • Richard Hoffman and Ann Hood, a reading and book-signing. Dingle Bookshop, Dingle, Ireland, July 30, 2015.
  • Fairfield University MFA Program, Enders Island, CT. July 20, 2015 (Lecture: “Square, Plumb, Level, and True: The Ethics of Memoir;” and reading.)
  • South South Institute on Sexual Violence Against Boys and Men, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, May 25-29, 2015 (Workshop: “Writing the Healing Narrative.”)
  • Massachusetts Poetry Festival, 2015. Salem, MA. (Headline reading, with Marge Piercy.)
  • Boston Book Festival, Boston Hancock Hotel Ballroom, October 25, 2014 (Panel: “Memoir: Journeys Within and Without” with H.D.S. Greenway, Alden Jones, and Sir Peter Stothard.)
  • Martha’s Vineyard Author Lecture Series, Chilmark Community Center. August 21, 2014 (Panel: “Writing Memoir” with Katie Hafner, Gail Sheehy, Alexandra Styron.)
  • Harvard Medical School Annual Conference on Child Psychotherapy, Park Plaza Hotel, Boston. April 4-5, 2014. (Lecture/presentation: “Revising the Story, Renewing the Self.”)
  • Annual AWP Conference, February 27-28th, Seattle, 2014. (Panels: “The Third I: The Writer as Mediator in Memoir and Personal Narrative” with Janice Gary,  Aimee Liu, and Meredith Hall. “Switching Genres Midstream: Searching For the Right Match” with Mimi Schwartz, Elizabeth Kadetsky, and Renee D’Aoust.
  • A Conversation with Ivan Klima, Brattle Theatre, Cambridge, MA. November 14, 2013. Sponsored by PEN New England and The Harvard Bookstore.
  • Central European University, Budapest, Hungary, May 23rd, 2013. (Reading.)
  • Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany, May 21st, 2013. (Reading and lecture on American poetry, emphasis on Derek Walcott.)
  • PEN World Voices Tour, May 4, 2011. Harvard Bookstore. (Moderator: Panel with Jonas Hassen Khemiri, Elif Shafak, Daniel Orozco, and Leila Aboulela.)
  • Massachusetts Poetry Festival, Salem, MA 2012. (Panel: “The State of Poetry” with Charles Coe, Susan Rich, Jennifer Jean, and Joseph Legaspi.)
  • Massachusetts Poetry Festival, Salem, MA 2011. (Panel: “Poetry and Dissent: Practice and Pitfalls” with Greg Delanty and Linda McCarriston.)
  • Annual AWP Conference, Chicago, 2009. (Panel: “What’s the Sentence? Writing about Crime in Literary Nonfiction” with Joe Mackall, Kate Flaherty, Kelly Grey Carlisle, and Gaynell Gavin.) February 14, 2009.
  • Inaugurating Change: Where Do We Go From Here? MLK Day Observance, Bates College, January 19, 2009 (Panel: “Creative Writing and Social Change” with Don Belton, Reza Jalali, James Francis, and Susan Pelletier.)
  • Bruised and Broken: Abused Boys and Healing Men. MLK Day Observance, University of Pennsylvania, January 21, 2009. (Reading and talk from Half the House: a Memoir.)
  • PEN New England/ WGBH Cambridge Forum. Moderator: “The American Blandscape: Risky Writing and the Forces That Keep It Silent.” April 10, 2008. Panel, with Carole Horne general manager, Harvard Book Store; Linda McCarriston, Professor of Creative Writing, U. of Alaska; Mark Pawlak, editor, Hanging Loose Press; and Jill Petty, founding editor, South End Press.
  • NonFictioNow! Conference 2007, University of Iowa, November 1-3, 2007 (Panel: “Square, Plumb, Level, True: The Ethical Dilemmas of Creative Nonfiction”  with Mimi Schwartz, Philip Gerard, and Dinty W. Moore.)
  • Annual AWP Conference, Atlanta, GA February 28 – March 3, 2007 (Panel: “True Blue: Writing and Teaching from a Working Class Perspective” with Mary Childers, Linda McCarriston, Joe Mackall, and Afaa Michael Weaver.)
  • Fourth Annual Common Ground International Conference on the Book. Hyatt-Regency Boston, October, 10, 11, 12. (Plenary session panel: “Truth-telling in the 21st Century” w/ Sara Nelson, Publishers Weekly, Helene Atwan, Beacon Press; Closing Plenary Session, A Reading [from Half the House and Without Paradise] w/ Pamela Painter and Daniel Tobin.)
  • Fifth International Festival of Poetry, sponsored by Fundación Poetas de El Salvador. October 2-7, 2006. Read to 12 audiences in 5 days, with poets from France, Spain, Italy, Nigeria, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Panama, Ecuador, Argentina, Venezuela, Guatemala.
  • The Writers’ Center at Chautauqua. The Chautauqua Institution. August 11, 2006. (Lecture: “James Baldwin, The Price of the Ticket”)
  • Annual AWP Conference, Austin, TX, March, 2006. (Panel: “Low Residency Programs, Then & Now” w/Elaine Terranova, Sharon White, Patricia Eakins.)
  • NonFictioNow! Conference 2005, University of Iowa, November 10-12, 2005 (Panel: “You Get No Credit for Playing: When Sport Occasions Memoir” w/ Dale Rigby, Gretchen Legler, James McKean, Michael Steinberg.)
  • Envisioning Change: Organizing to End Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence. Marlborough, MA, June 24, 2005. Jane Doe, Inc. (Panel: “Survivors’ Leadership: Influencing Policies, Communities, and Organizations.)
  • Annual AWP Conference,  Vancouver, B.C., March 31, 2005. (Panel: “Writing with Heart AND Intellect” w/ Grace Paley, Linda McCarriston, Marybeth Holleman, Elizabeth Wales)
  • Current Thinking/ New Directions Conference,  Children’s Cove: Cape Cod Child Advocacy Center and Barnstable County District Attorney’s Office. Keynote: June 18, 2004.
  • Alaska Press Women’s Luncheon. Alaska Press Women, Anchorage. Keynote: March 4, 2004.
  • The Writer as Grass Roots Intellectual. Pacific Rim Conference on Literature and Rhetoric. University of Alaska at Anchorage, March 5, 2004.
  • The Writers’ Center at Chautauqua. The Chautauqua Institution. August 8, 2003. (Lecture: Memoir’s Motives: Ethical Issues in First-person Non-fiction.)
  • Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, Northeastern University, December 7, 2002. (Keynote & Panelist)
  • The Grolier Poetry Bookshop. Book-signing and reading to celebrate publication of Without Paradise. September 21, 2002.
  • Emerging Issues in Response to Sexual Assault. Massachusetts Medical Society Conference on Improving Services for Survivors of Sexual Assault. September 20, 2002. (Panelist)
  • Writing from Life: Why Should Anyone Care about Your Story? National Writers’ Union./ Cambridge Center for Adult Education. April 10, 2002. (Panelist)
  • The Writers’ Center at Chautauqua. The Chautauqua Institution. July 7, 2000. (Lecture: “Democracy’s Genre: Memoir as the Literature of Witness.”)
  • Massachusetts Attorney General’s Conference on Violence and Its Victims. World Trade Center, Boston. April 25, 2000. (Keynote Address)
  • 11th Annual “To Tell the Truth” Conference. Rhode Island College. November 7, 1999. (Keynote Address)
  • 4th Annual Conference of the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. October 2-3, 1999. (Keynote Address)
  • Compunction: Art as Catalyst & Catharsis. Brown University, Swearer Center for Public Service, May 18-20, 1999. (Talk: “The Right Not to Lie: Complicity, Silence, and Literary Responsibility”)
  •  17th Annual AWP Conference, Albany NY. April 17, 1999. (Roundtable, “Who If Not Us: Writers and Literary Silence” w/Reginald Gibbons, Carol Bly, Linda McCarriston, Gene Bell-Villada)
  • 6th Annual New Hampshire Department of Justice Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect. October 22-24, 1998. (Keynote Address)
  • Memoirs: Why Write Them Now? Boston Public Library. April 3, 1997. (Panel. With Rafael Campo, John Hockenberry, Lauren Slater.)
  • The Writer’s Life. Cambridge Adult Education Center/ National Writers’ Union, Boston Local. April, 1998.
  • Fair Play or Foul Ball? A Symposium on Ethics & Sport. Brown University. April 9, 1998.
  • Writing for Love & Money. National Writers’ Union Conference. John F. Kennedy School of Government. April 26, 1997.
  • 2nd Annual New Voices Conference, Misty Valley Books, Chester, Vermont. January 20-21, 1996.

In addition to the above, I have recently guest-lectured or read from my work at the following institutions: College of St. Rose (Albany); John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum; Lesley University; Minnesota State University, Moorhead; North Shore Community College; Pine Manor College, Suffolk University; University of Alaska, Anchorage; University of Maine, Farmington; University of Maine, Orono; The Tilton School; University of Massachusetts, Boston; University of Rhode Island; University of Southern Maine.


  • I am a past Chair of the PEN New England Board of Directors, and a current member of the Freedom-to-Write Committee.
  • I recently served on the selection committee for The Merrill House residencies in Stonington, CT.
  • I served as a member of the Steering Committee of the Massachusetts Governor’s Commission on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. (Term expired 2006.)
  • I have recently served as the fiction judge for New Rivers Press’s Many Voices Project national fiction prize.
  • I have served (2003, 2004) as a judge for the PEN New England L. L. Winship Award for best book published by a New England author or with a New England theme or setting.
  • I served as a member of the Steering Committee of the Governor’s Task Force on Sexual Assault and Abuse, and chair of the Prevention Strategies Work Group.
  • I have served on the Board of Directors of Massachusetts Citizens for Children, the oldest nonprofit child advocacy center in New England.
  • I am a member of the Men’s Initiative for Jane Doe, a statewide group of men working on issues of domestic violence and sexual assault.
  • In 2008 I served as judge for the New Hampshire Book Awards.
  • I served on the panel for the Pennsylvania Arts Council’s Literature Fellowship in 2002.
  • I have served on the admissions committee for The Millay Colony for the Arts in Austerlitz, NY.
  • I served as head teacher for a project at the Cambridge Women’s Commission, sponsored by the Brookline Mental Health Center, working with homeless youth who identify as gay. I taught first-person writing, coaching three young women and two young men in writing their histories. The Brookline Mental Health Center printed this booklet of autobiographical essays under the title “Not Who You Think.”
  • I have been involved in the Alternatives to Violence Program, and have periodically participated, as a volunteer, in weekend AVP workshops in Massachusetts prisons.
  • Under the auspices of the Mental Health Association of Central Middlesex, I developed and taught a 12-week course in relapse prevention called “Tools of Recovery” for incarcerated substance abusers at Northeast Correctional Center in Concord, Massachusetts. I taught this course six times over a two year period.
  • I have recently taught prisoners, as a volunteer for PEN New England, at the Northampton County House of Correction, and at Bay State, Norfolk, a medium security state penitentiary.



  • September 2001 to present:
    EMERSON COLLEGE. Writer-in-Residence/Senior Writer-in-Residence. Teaching full-time 3-3 load, including both writing and literature courses, in undergraduate and graduate writing program. Responsibilities have included chairing several Master’s theses each term, conducting independent directed study projects for seniors, advising Redivider, a national literary journal edited and staffed by students of Emerson’s MFA/MA Programs, and serving as undergraduate internship coordinator.
  • June 6-12, 2014; June 10-16, 2015:
    THE WRITERS HOTEL. Taught a Master Class in First Person Nonfiction in this post-MFA program in New York City, sponsored by The New Guard Magazine.
  • July 2013:
    WESTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY, Bowling Green, KY: Distinguished Visiting Writer in Residence. Taught a month-long Master Class in First Person Nonfiction.
  • December 2002 to July 2010:
    UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MAINE.  Stonecoast MFA program. Conducted workshops during twice-yearly residency, along with 2 hour seminars on various topics in poetry, fiction, and memoir. Mentored 5 graduate students per semester via mail/internet.
  • September 1999 to May 2001:
    EMERSON COLLEGE. Adjunct Instructor in the Dept. of Writing, Literature and Publishing. Designed and taught graduate literature course on contemporary short fiction, and upper-level undergraduate literature course on the personal essay, along with a graduate workshop in the memoir and an undergraduate workshop in fiction. Served as advisor to independent study projects and chaired Master’s thesis committees.
  • September 2000 to May 2001; September 2002 to May 2003:
    HARVARD UNIVERSITY. Graduate School of Education, Office of School Partnerships. Taught graduate level writing and literature courses to Boston Public and Private Secondary School teachers.
  • July 16-22, 2006:
    THE CHAUTAUQUA INSTITUTE. Writer-in Residence, The Writers’ Center at Chautauqua. Taught workshop for adults in creative nonfiction.
  • January 2001 to August 2003:
    HARVARD UNIVERSITY. Graduate School of Education. “Teachers as Scholars” program. Taught literature course: “Memory and Meaning: The Situation of Memoir,” and writing course: “The Ninth Letter of the Alphabet: Writing the Personal Essay.”
  • August 1999 & 2000:
    COLLEGE OF THE HOLY CROSS. Instructor in non-fiction. Holy Cross Summer Institute on Writing and Teaching. Designed and taught course on the personal essay — its rationale, strategies, pedagogy, possibilities — to 15 secondary school teachers.
  • July, 2000 to present
    NEW YORK STATE SUMMER YOUNG WRITERS’ INSTITUTE. Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY. Taught nonfiction workshop in summer program for teens.
  • July 2-8, 2000
    THE CHAUTAUQUA INSTITUTE. Writer-in Residence, The Writers’ Center at Chautauqua. Taught workshop for adults in creative nonfiction.
  • 10/97 to 1/98:
    THE ARTIST’S WAY AT WORK: RIDING THE DRAGON. Senior writer/editor. “Ghosted” several sections of this best-selling book by Mark Bryan, Julia Cameron, and Catherine Allen, including the lyrical essays that begin each chapter. Performed extensive developmental editing, reorganizing, and rewriting of much of this book.
  • 7/95 to 9/02:
    FRONTLINE PUBLISHING CORP., INC. Editorial Director. Developed continuing education programs for the healthcare industry. Editor of Nursing Assistant Monthly. Researched, wrote, edited monthly publication and accompanying curriculum guide for training of paraprofessional staff. Wrote articles, editorials, for national trade publications. Keynote speaker and workshop presenter at state healthcare association conferences. “Ghosted” three books by executive editor. Initiated and fostered relationships with news media, and provided information and commentary. Managed a staff of three, and coordinated efforts of editorial advisory board, freelance contributors, and consultants.
  • References available on request.
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