Cynthia Marie Hoffman


Madison, WI

Author's Bio

Cynthia Marie Hoffman is the author of three collections of poetry - Call Me When You Want to Talk about the Tombstones, Paper Doll Fetus, and Sightseer - as well as the chapbook Her Human Costume. Hoffman is a former Diane Middlebrook Poetry Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, Director’s Guest at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, and recipient of an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Wisconsin Arts Board. Her poems have appeared in Pleiades, Fence, Blackbird, diode, Mid-American Review, and elsewhere, and have been featured on The Missouri Review's Poem of the Week, Verse Daily, and Vandal Poem of the Day. She co-edits the online interview series on poetry project books, The Cloudy House ( More at

Publications & Prizes

Call Me When You Want to Talk about the Tombstones (Persea Books, 2018)
Paper Doll Fetus (Persea Books, 2014)
Sightseer (Persea Books, 2011)
Her Human Costume (Gold Line Press, 2014)
Prizes won: 

The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Selection (Paper Doll Fetus, November, 2014), Winner of the Annual Writing Contest in Poetry at Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art (2014), Winner of the 2013 Gold Line Press Chapbook Competition (Her Human Costume, 2014), Recipient of a Director’s Guest Fellowship at the Civitella Ranieri Center (2011), Winner of the Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize in Poetry (Sightseer, 2011), Recipient of a Wisconsin Arts Board Individual Artist Grant in Literary Arts (2011), Recipient of a Diane Middlebrook Fellowship in Poetry at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing (2004-05)

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Philadelphia, PA
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Springfield, VA
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Last update: May 15, 2021