Michael Hoerman

Fayetteville, AR

Author's Bio

I grew up on the Springfield Plateau of the Ozarks. I was 17 when my first published poem appeared in The Joplin Globe. When a poetry scene emerged in Joplin, I was simultaneously active in the Ozark Poets and Writers Collective in Fayetteville and the poet in residence at Spiva Center for the Arts in Joplin. In 1999 I moved from the Ozarks to Boston. I won a Massachusetts Artist Grant in Poetry in 2004 and Pudding House published my chapbook, Bad Rotten, featuring 8 award-winning poems. Poems appeared in anthologies from Soft Skull Press, Lavender Ink, Rattlecat Press, No-Tell Books and Red Hen Press. Journals and magazines include Main Street Rag, Rockhurst Review, Big Muddy and Potomac Review. Work appeared in consecutive issues of Arkansas Literary Forum, Chiron Review, Freshwater and Eureka Literary Magazine. Three poems were nominated for Pushcarts in 2017. My 2018 book arts project Disoriented Fascination features 20 poems. 2018 projects are supported in part with a grant from the City of Fayetteville. Photo credit: Helen Hoerman, 2018

Publications and Prizes

Coloring Book: An Eclectic Anthology of Fiction and Poetry by Multicultural Writers
(Rattlecat Press, 2003)
, Fuck Poems
(Lavender Ink, 2012)
, Mischief, Caprice and Other Poetic Strategies
(Red Hen Press, 2004)
, Off the Cuffs
(Soft Skull Press, 2003)
, The Bedside Guide to No Tell Motel
(No Tell Books, 2006)
2River View, Arkansas Literary Forum, Big Muddy, Burning Cloud Review, California Quarterly, Chiron Review, Eratica, Eureka Literary Magazine, Freshwater, Fried Chicken and Coffee, Ilya's Honey, Main Street Rag, Medicinal Purposes Literary Magazine, New Stone Circle, Northwoods Journal, Potomac Review, Rag Shock, Rockhurst Review, sidereality, Slow Trains, the museum of americana, WordWrights
Fuck Poems Wet Brunch Reading at AWP in Boston
, Gulf Coast Poetry Tour
, Houston Fringe Festival
, Massachusetts Poetry Festival
, Word Around Town Poetry Tour
, XFest 2013
Bad Rotten
(Pudding House Publications, 2004)
Prizes Won: 
Artist Grant in Poetry from Massachusetts Cultural Council. Panelists: Naomi Ayala, Mary Gannon, Thomas Lux, Afaa Weaver

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Last updated: May 30, 2018