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Born in Brooklyn and raised in Rockland County, New York, John Hoppenthaler’s books of poetry are Lives of Water (2003) and Anticipate the Coming Reservoir (2008), both titles from Carnegie Mellon University Press. His poetry appears in Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Southern Review, Barrow Street, Laurel Review, West Branch, the anthologies Blooming through the Ashes: An International Anthology on Violence and the Human Spirit, Poetry Calendar, September 11, 2001: American Writers Respond, , Chance of a Ghost, Wild Sweet Notes II: More Poetry from West Virginia, and elsewhere. His essays, interviews, and reviews appear in Making Poems: Forty Poems with Commentary by the Poets (SUNY Press, 2010), The Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Poetry, Arts & Letters, Chelsea, Pleiades, and The Cortland Review. With Kazim Ali, he has co-edited a volume of essays and interviews on the poetry of Jean Valentine. For the cultural journal, Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, he edits “A Poetry Congeries” and curates the Guest Poetry Editor Feature. Among his honors are an Individual Artist Grant from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts , a Regional Artist Project Grant from the North Carolina Community Council for the Arts, and Residency Fellowships to the MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities. For nine years, he served as Personal Assistant to Toni Morrison; currently, he is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and Literature at East Carolina University.

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John Hoppenthaler



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John Hoppenthaler was born in Brooklyn, New York.



Lives of Water
Carnegie Mellon University Press.
Collection of poetry.



Anticipate The Coming Reservoir
Carnegie Mellon University Press.
A book of poetry.

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