In our upstairs gallery. Free & open to the public.
John Hoppenthaler will read from his most recent poetry collection, Domestic Garden (Carnegie Mellon University Press). Hoppenthaler’s books of poetry also include Lives of Water (2003), Anticipate the Coming Reservoir (2008), both published by Carnegie Mellon University Press. With Kazim Ali, he has co-edited a volume of essays and interviews on the poetry of Jean Valentine, This-World Company—Jean Valentine (U Michigan P, 2012).
His poetry appears, or is forthcoming in, Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review, Southern Review, Barrow Street, Laurel Review, West Branch, The Literary Review, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Copper Nickel, Subtropics, Southern Humanities Review, Pleiades, Waccamaw, Blackbird, the anthologies A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry (U of Akron P, 2012), The Incredible Sestina Anthology(Write Bloody Publishing, 2013), Blooming through the Ashes: An International Anthology on Violence and the Human Spirit (Rutgers UP, 2008), Literary Trails of Eastern North Carolina (U of North Carolina P, 2013), Poetry Calendar (Alhambra Publishing, 2006-2011), Southern Poetry Anthology VII: North Carolina (Texas Review Press, 2015), and elsewhere.
He received his MFA in Poetry Writing from Virginia Commonwealth University. For twelve years he served as Poetry Editor for Kestrel: A Journal of Literature and Arts; for the cultural journal Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, he currently edits “A Poetry Congeries. For nine years he served as Personal Assistant to Toni Morrison. He is currently an Associate Professor of Creative Writing and Literature at East Carolina University.
“John Hoppenthaler is naive enough to believe that human truths exist and crazy enough to hunt them down, unleashing his poems with ‘bared teeth / polished and glistening,’ to track, capture, display and extol them.” -- Campbell McGrath