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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Nathan Hoks  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poetry

Audience: Adult;

Born: in Colorado

-- Nathan Hoks on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

I was raised in the northwest suburbs, attended Loyola University Chicago, and have recently returned to live in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Nathan Hoks is the author of two books of poetry, The Narrow Circle, forthcoming from Penguin, and Reveilles, which won Salt Publishing’s Crashaw Prize in 2010. He has also published a chapbook, Birds Mistaken As Wind, and a translation of Vicente Huidobro’s Arctic Poems. His translations and poems have appeared or are forthcoming in journals such as the Colorado Review, Crazyhorse, Lit, Circumference, and Verse. Hoks holds graduate degrees from the University of Iowa and the University of Wisconsin, and has received residency fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center and the Millay Colony for the Arts. He is currently an editor and letterpress printer for Convulsive Editions, a micro-press that publishes chapbooks and broadsides. He teaches at Columbia College and lives in Chicago with his family.

Selected Titles At Your Library

The narrow circle /
ISBN: 0143123734. OCLC Number:

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Reveilles /
ISBN: 1844717925. OCLC Number:

Salt,. London :. ©2010.

"Re-imagining a tempered surrealism for the twenty-first century, Nathan Hoks' Reveilles moves from the landscape of dreams into a beautiful reality. These restless, death-tinged poems keep asking, 'Why do I suddenly feel so sentient?' Fusing deadpan humor with subtle emotional registers, Hoks' 'laughing angel' reminds us: 'The sky holds nothing to the ground'"--Page 4 of cover.


  • National Poetry Series,
  • The Narrow Circle

  • Crashaw Prize,
  • Reveilles

    Speaking Engagements

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