John Hoppenthaler


4717 Worchester Place
Raleigh, NC 27604

Author's Bio

John Hoppenthaler is the author of three books of poetry, Lives of Water, Anticipate the Coming Reservoir, and Domestic Garden, all with Carnegie Mellon University Press. With Kazim Ali, he has co-edited Jean Valentine: This World Company (Michigan UP, 2012). His poetry has appeared in Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review, McSweeney's, Southern Review, Christian Science Monitor, Barrow Street, The Laurel Review, Copper Nickel, Blackbird, Subtropics, The Literary Review, Southeast Review, the anthologies September 11, 2001: American Writers Respond (Etruscan Press, 2002), Blooming through the Ashes: An International Anthology on Violence and the Human Spirit (Rutgers UP, 2008), Chance of a Ghost (Helicon Nine Editions, 2005), Poetry Calendar (Alhambra Publishing, 2006-2012), A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry (U of Akron P, 2012), Literary Trails of Eastern North Carolina (U of Carolina P, 2013), Eyes Glowing at the Edge of the Woods: Fiction and Poetry From West Virginia (WVUP, 2017) and in many other publications. His essays, interviews, and essay/reviews appear in such journals as Arts & Letters, Southeast Review, Chelsea, Bellingham Review, Pleiades, The Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Poetry, North Carolina Literary Review, Cortland Review, and Kestrel, where he served as Poetry Editor for eleven years. He currently edits A Poetry Congeries at Connotation Press: An Online Artifact. For nine years he served as Personal Assistant to Toni Morrison. He has read his poetry at Bucknell, Virginia Commonwealth, Hollins, West Virginia University, University of Stirling, The Dodge Poetry Festival, Emory, the Chautauqua Institution, Widener, University of Louisville, Florida State University, the University of South Carolina, the KGB Bar, the University of Texas-El Paso, Towson University, Carnegie Mellon University, the Sanibel Island Writer's Conference, the University of Minnesota, Manhattan College, Auburn University, Cal State Northridge University, Mary Washington University, and elsewhere.

Publications & Prizes

Blooming through the Ashes (Rutgers University Press, 2008)
Poetry Calendar (Alhambra Publishing, 2006)
Chance of a Ghost (Helicon Nine Editions, 2005)
September 11, 2001: American Writers Respond (Etruscan Press, 2002)
Domestic Garden (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2015)
Jean Valentine: This World Company (The University of Michigan Press, 2015)
Anticipate the Coming Reservoir (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2008)
Lives of Water (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2003)
Barrow Street
Bloomsbury Review
Chatauqua Literary Journal
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McSweeney's Internet Tendency
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The Potomac
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Among his honors are an Individual Artist Grant from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts, grants from the New York Foundation on the Arts and New York State Council on the Arts,  Residency Fellowships from The Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities, the MacDowell Colony, the Elizabeth Bishop House, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the East Carolina University 5-Year Reasearch andCreativity Award.

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Adults, Teenagers
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Brooklyn, NY
New York
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New City, NY
New York
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Last update: Feb 27, 2018