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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Paul Hoover  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1946 in Harrisonburg, Virginia

-- Paul Hoover on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Paul Hoover taught at Columbia College in Chicago, Illinois

Biographical and Professional Information

Hoover is best known for his poetry. He was a poet in residence at Columbia College in Chicago. More recently he was a Professor of Creative Writing at San Francisco State Universiey. He now lives in Mill Valley, California.

Published Works

  • Hairpin Turns: Poems, 1972
  • Letter to Einstein Beginning Dear Albert Poems, Small Pr Distribution, 1979
  • Nervoussongs: Poems, L'epervier Pr, 1986
  • Saigon: Illinois, 1988
  • Classroom Guide to Accompany Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology, R.S. Means Company, 1994
  • Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology, 1994
  • Viridian: Poems (Contemporary Poetry Series), University of Georgia Press,1997
  • Totem and Shadow: New and Selected Poems, Talisman House Publishers, 2000
  • Rehearsal in Black (Salt Modern Poets), Salt Publishing, 2001
  • Winter (Mirror), Flood Editions, 2002
  • Fables of Representation: Essays (Poets on Poetry), University of Michigan Press, 2004
  • The Focused Shooter, Paul Hoover; 1ST Edition, 2005
  • Poems in Spanish, Omnidawn Publishing, 2005
  • Edge and Fold, Apogee Press, 2006
  • Black Dog, Black Night: Contemporary Vietnamese Poetry, Milkweed Editions, 2008
  • Sonnett 56, Les Figues, 2009

Selected Titles At Your Library

Letter to Einstein beginning Dear Albert :
ISBN: 0916328120. OCLC Number:

Yellow Press,. Chicago :. ©1979.

Nervous songs :
ISBN: 0934332460. OCLC Number:

[L'Epervier Press] ;. [Seattle, WA] :. [©1986]

Classroom guide to accompany Postmodern American poetry: a Norton anthology edited by Paul Hoover.
ISBN: 0393964507. OCLC Number:

Norton,. New York ;. ©1994.

Viridian :
ISBN: 0820318957. OCLC Number:

University of Georgia Press,. Athens :. ©1997.

"Viridian is Paul Hoover's sixth collection of poetry and the first since his book-length work The Novel: A Poem was published in 1990. While The Novel: A Poem dealt with the dilemma of postmodern authorship, the poems in Viridian are conceptual pieces varied in style and subject matter."--BOOK JACKET. "The poems in the first of three sections comment on the world through language and simultaneously explore how subject matter, from baseball to death to highway signs, is transformed by language. The middle section consists of longer poems in which meaning emerges through a filter of language. In the final and most lyrical section, several poems are based on Hoover's screenplay for Joseph Ramirez's 1994 independent film, Viridian. Many of these poems were used as voice-overs for the film's main character, a single mother searching for permanence. Their language is incantatory, as if poetry could fix a place for her in the world."--BOOK JACKET.

Totem and shadow :
ISBN: 1883689872. OCLC Number:

Talisman House,. Jersey City, N.J. :. ©1999.

As an anthologist and editor, Paul Hoover has championed both language writers and poets such as Alice Notley who are expanding the great traditions of the lyric and the epic. Hoover has a place in both camps, his work synthesizing various strains in contemporary writing to form his own very distinctive (and celebrated) poetry. As critics point out, he is forever moving into wondrous, unexplored terrain. As Marjorie Perloff said of his book Nervous Songs, "the most ordinary of experiences are transmuted into something rich and strange". Hoover is the author of six previously published books of poetry, the most recent of which, Viridian (1996), won the Contemporary Poetry Series competition of the University of Georgia Press. Idea (The Figures) won the Carl Sandburg Award in 1987. He is also the author of the book-length work, The Novel: A Poem (New Directions) and edited the major anthology, Postmodern American Poetry (Norton). A novel, Saigon, Illinois (Random House), appeared in 1988. With novelist and poet Maxine Chernoff, he edits the well known literary journal, New American Writing.

Rehearsal in black /
ISBN: 1876857315. OCLC Number:

Salt,. Applecross, W.A. :. 2001.

Winter (mirror) /
ISBN: 0971005958. OCLC Number:

Flood Editions,. Chicago :. 2002.

Fables of representation :
ISBN: 0472068563. OCLC Number:

University of Michigan Press,. Ann Arbor :. ©2004.

Poems in Spanish /
ISBN: 1890650250. OCLC Number:

Omnidawn,. Richmond, Calif. :. 2005.

Edge and fold :
ISBN: 097446872X. OCLC Number:

Apogee Press,. Berkeley, Calif. :. 2006.

Black dog, black night :
ISBN: 157131430X. OCLC Number:

Milkweed Editions,. Minneapolis, Minn. :. 2008.

"Vietnam - the very word raises many associations for Westerners. Yet while the country has been ravaged by a modern history of colonialism and war, its ancient culture is rich and multilayered, and within it poetry has long had a special place." "In this groundbreaking anthology, co-editors and translators Nguyen Do and Paul Hoover present a revelatory portrait of contemporary Vietnamese poetry. What emerges from this conversation of outsiders and insiders, Vietnamese and American voices, is a worldly sensibility descended from the geographical and historical crossroads of Vietnam in the modern era. Reflecting influences as diverse as traditional folk stories and American Modernism, the twenty-one poets included in Black Dog, Black Night, many of whom have never before been published in English, introduce readers to a fresh, uncensored, and utterly unique poetic vision." "Contributors: Huu Loan Te Hanh, Van Cao, Hoǹg Cam, Tran Dan, Dang Dinh Hung, Nguyen Khoa Diem, Xuan Quynh, Hoǹg Hung, Tran Vu Mai, Y Nhi, Thanh Thao, Nguyen Duy, Nguyen Quang Thieu, Nguyen Do, Linh Dinh, Hoa Nguyen, Nhat Le, Truong Tran, M?ng-Lan, Vi Thuy Linh."--Jacket.

Sonnet 56 /
ISBN: 1934254126. OCLC Number:

Les Figues Press ;. Los Angeles :. ©2009.


Jerome J. Shestack Award, 2002

Contemporary Poetry Series Award, 1996

Carl Sandburg Award, 1987

General Electric Award for Younger Writers, 1984

NEO Fellowship, 1980

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