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Richie Hofmann

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Connection to Illinois: Hofmann lives in Chicago.

Biography: Richie Hofmann is the winner of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, and his poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, The Kenyon Review, and Ploughshares. His poem, Children of the Sun, is anthologized in Resistance, Rebellion, Life: 50 Poems Now (2017). The New York Times featured his poem, 'Book of Statues,' in a reading by actor Matt Bomer.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Poetry

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers


Selected Titles

Second Empire
ISBN: 1938584163 OCLC: 903812561

Alice James Books 2015

This debut's spare, delicate poems explore ways we experience the afterlife of beauty while ornately examining lust, loss, and identity. Drawing upon traditions of amorous sonnets, these love-elegies desire an artistic and sexual connection to others--other times, other places--in order to understand aesthetic pleasures the speaker craves. Distant and formal, the poems feel both ancient and contemporary.