Richie Hofmann at Petit Trianon, Versailles

Richie Hofmann’s first collection of poems, Second Empire, won the 2014 Beatrice Hawley Award and is forthcoming from Alice James Books in November 2015. He is the recipient of a 2012 Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, and his poems appear in the New Yorker, Kenyon Review, the New RepublicPloughsharesNew England Review, the New CriterionYale Review, and Poetry. His work has been featured in the New York Times Style Magazineand on Poetry Daily and the Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day. Recently, Dorianne Laux selected his poem, “After,” for inclusion in the anthology, Best New Poets 2014.  He has received the John Ciardi Scholarship from Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Peter Taylor Fellowship from Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, the Tennessee Williams Scholarship from Sewanee Writers’ Conference, a scholarship from the New York State Summer Writers Institute, and the Michael Peich Scholarship from West Chester Poetry Conference. A graduate of the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars MFA program, he is a doctoral student at Emory University, where he has held the Creative Writing Fellowship in Poetry, and also teaches in the Kenyon Review Young Writers Workshop.

With Kara van de Graaf, he founded Lightbox, an online educational resource featuring original interviews with poets, in fall 2015.


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