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John Hoppenthaler
Associate Professor

Office: Erwin 304
Phone: 252-328-5562

John Hoppenthaler's books of poetry are Anticipate the Coming Reservoir (2008), Lives of Water (2003), and Domestic Garden (2015), 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 University of New York Press, 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) and The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume VII: North Carolina (Texas Review Press, 2014).

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 also edits A Poetry Congeries.

Among his honors are 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.

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

Primary Areas of Research/Teaching
Creative Writing
Contemporary and Modern Poetry
American Literature

Courses Taught
6865: Reading and Writing the Political Poem
6865: Practical Skills for Creative Writers: Literary Reviews and Interviews
5840: Advanced Poetry Workshop
5280: Twentieth-Century Poetry
3841: Black Woman Poets: Brooks to Trethewey
3840: Introduction to Poetry Writing
2815: Introduction to Creative Writing
2000: Interpreting Literature
1100: Composition I
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, forthcoming 2015.

Website Links
Connotation Press
Graduate Creative Writing Program