John Hoppenthaler

Title: Professor
Office: Erwin 304
Phone: 252.328.5562
E-Mail: hoppenthalerj@ecu.edu


John Hoppenthaler's books of poetry are Domestic Garden (2015), Anticipate the Coming Reservoir (2008), and Lives of Water (2003), all with Carnegie Mellon University Press. His poetry has appeared in many journals, anthologies, and textbooks, including Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Southern Review, Christian Science Monitor, Southeast Review, The Laurel Review, The Florida Review, West Branch, The Literary Review, Blackbird, Making Poems: 40 Poems with Commentary by the Poets (State U of New York P, 2010), 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), Literary Trails of Eastern North Carolina (U of North Carolina P, 2013), 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), The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume VII: North Carolina (Texas Review Press, 2014), and Eyes Glowing at the Edge of the Woods: Fiction and Poetry from West Virginia (West Virginia UP, 2017).

With Kazim, Ali, he has co-edited a volume of essays on the poetry of Jean Valentine, This-World Company (U of Michigan P, 2012). 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, The Cortland Review, Tar River Poetry, Waccamaw, the North Carolina Literary Review, and Kestrel, where he served as Poetry editor for eleven years. He currently serves as Advisory Editor to the cultural journal Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, where he edits “A Poetry Congeries.”

Among his honors are the ECU 5-Year Achievement for Research & Creative Activity Award, the ECU Department of English Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activity, 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, and the North Carolina Community Council for the Arts, and 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. He was named and served two terms as the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet for the Eastern Region of North Carolina, and Domestic Garden received the Brockman—Campbell Award for the best collection of poetry by a North Carolinian in 2015. 


A.A. Rockland Community College
B.S. State University of New York at Brockport
M.F.A. Virginia Commonwealth University

Research Interests

Creative Writing
Contemporary and Modern Poetry
American Literature

Courses Taught

ENGL 6865: Reading and Writing the Political Poem
ENGL 6865: Practical Skills for Creative Writers: Literary Reviews and Interviews
ENGL 6840: Advanced Graduate Poetry Workshop
ENGL 5280: Twentieth-Century Poetry
ENGL 4840: Advanced Undergraduate Poetry Workshop
ENGL 3841: Black Woman Poets: Brooks to Trethewey
ENGL 3840: Introduction to Poetry Writing
ENGL 2815: Introduction to Creative Writing
ENGL 2200: Major American Authors
ENGL 2000: Interpreting Literature
ENGL 1100: Foundations of College Writing
ENGL 1000: Appreciating Literature

Selected Publications and Presentations

Lives of Water, Carnegie Mellon UP, 2003.

Anticipate the Coming Reservoir, Carnegie Mellon UP, 2008.

Jean Valentine: This-World Company, U of Michigan P, 2012.

Domestic Garden, Carnegie Mellon UP, 2015.

Website Links

Connotation Press