Richie Hofmann is a graduate of the University Professors Program at Boston University and earned an MFA from the Johns Hopkins University; he is currently a doctoral candidate at Emory University where he also held the Creative Writing Fellowship in Poetry. His first collection of poetry Second Empire (2015) won the Beatrice Hawley Award. Known for its lush language and architectures, and exploration of artifice and queer desire, his poetry has been compared to Hart Crane’s. His work has been published widely in magazines such as the New Yorker, Kenyon Review, and Poetry, and anthologized in Resistance, Rebellion, Life: 50 Poems Now (2017).
His honors and awards include the Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship, an Academy of American Poets Prize, and the AWP Intro Journal Award for Poetry. He is the recipient of 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, the Michael Peich Scholarship from West Chester Poetry Conference, and a scholarship from the New York State Summer Writers Institute. Currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford, Hofmann is co-founder, with Kara van de Graaf, of Lighbox, an online poetry educational resource.