On March 8th, 2017, the UVU English Department and the staff of Touchstones magazine will be hosting guest poet Richie Hofman. Richie will be reading from his collection of poetry, Second Empire. There will be time after the reading for Q&A as well as some book purchase/signing. The reading will be held on the Utah Valley University Campus in the Classroom Building (CB) in room 513. Seating is relatively limited (about 50 or so) so please arrive early to guarantee your seat. You can sample some of Richie’s poetry on his website or pre-purchase his book (see link to Amazon in the bio below).
This reading is the first in what is hoped to be an ongoing series of poetry readings sponsored by the department and Touchstones magazine. Your participation in key in ensuring the success of future events, so please, join us and show your support for poetry!
Bio – Richie Hofmann is the author of a collection of poems, Second Empire (2015), winner of the 2014 Beatrice Hawley Award. He is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and a Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, and his poems appear in the New Yorker, Kenyon Review, the New Republic, Ploughshares, New England Review, the New Criterion, Yale Review, and Poetry. He has been featured in the New York Times Style Magazine, on Poetry Daily, on the Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day, in the anthology, Best New Poets 2014, and in Poets & Writers Featured Debuts of 2015. 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 University Professors Program at Boston University and the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars MFA program, he is a doctoral candidate at Emory University, where he has held the Creative Writing Fellowship in Poetry. He has also taught summer workshops for the Kenyon Review Young Writers Workshop and for Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development. With Kara van de Graaf, he founded Lightbox, an online educational resource featuring original interviews with poets and materials for classroom use. He lives in Chicago.