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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Paul Hoover  

Pen Name: None

Genre:

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1946 in Harrisonburg, Virginia


-- Paul Hoover on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=paul+hoover


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.


Awards

Jerome J. Shestack Award, 2002; Contemporary Poetry Series Award, 1996; Carl Sandburg Award, 1987; General Electric Award for Younger Writers, 1984; NEO Fellowship, 1980

Speaking Engagements

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Selected Titles At Your Library

American hybrid :
ISBN: 9780393333756. OCLC Number: 227016082

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This anthology of contemporary American poetry focuses on the new poem, the hybrid, a synthesis of traditional and experimental styles. As one of the editors argues in the introduction to this anthology, the long-acknowledged fundamental division between experimental and traditional is disappearing in American poetry in favor of hybrid approaches that blend trends from accessible lyricism to linguistic exploration. The focus of this work is on the blend; the more than seventy poets featured here, including Jorie Graham, Albert Goldbarth, and Lyn Hejinian, have found new and often unique ways to reconfigure the innumerable and sometimes conflicting voices of the past thirty years. The editors have crafted short introductory essays on each of the poets in the anthology, providing biographical backgrounds and positioning them within the current of contemporary poetry. This anthology is essential reading for those who care about the present moment and the future, of American verse.

Black dog, black night :
ISBN: 157131430X. OCLC Number: 174134205

Milkweed Editions,. .

"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.

Black dog, black night :
ISBN: 9781571318671. OCLC Number: 651908882

Milkweed Editions,. .

Classroom guide to accompany Postmodern American poetry: a Norton anthology edited by Paul Hoover.
ISBN: 0393964507. OCLC Number: 31077995

Norton,. .

Edge and fold :
ISBN: 097446872X. OCLC Number: 71818097

Apogee Press,. .

Fables of representation :
ISBN: 0472068563. OCLC Number: 655250024

University of Michigan Press,. .

Letter to Einstein beginning Dear Albert :
ISBN: 0916328120. OCLC Number: 4857947

Yellow Press,. .

Nervous songs :
ISBN: 0934332460. OCLC Number: 13215740

[L'Epervier Press] ;. .

Poems in Spanish /
ISBN: 1890650250. OCLC Number: 60500303

Omnidawn,. .

Postmodern American poetry :
ISBN: 9780393341867. OCLC Number: 816499006

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This anthology generated great interest on its publication in 1994, bringing together experimental poets and movements from 1950 to the present in one groundbreaking volume. Now, two decades later, Paul Hoover has revised and updated it for twenty-first-century readers. His revised introduction argues that new technologies have given postmodern poets a fresh field of play for longstanding practices such as harvesting and playing with found text. The updated contents feature 114 poets, 583 poems, and selections from 19 poetics essays. Representing the full historical sweep--from the Beat movement, the New York School, and the language movements to 21st-century developments like cyberpoetry and Flarf, this anthology makes the avant-garde accessible (Chicago Tribune) for a new generation of readers.--From publisher description.

Rehearsal in black /
ISBN: 1876857315. OCLC Number: 49278943

Salt,. .

Saigon, Illinois :
ISBN: 9781480456938. OCLC Number: 892801976

Open Road Media,. .

The story of how one man wound up fighting the Vietnam War from a Chicago hospitalYoung slacker Jim Holder wants no part of the draft, the army, or Vietnam. So he registers as a conscientious objector and gets ready for alternative service. He's assigned to work as a unit manager at a downtown Chicago medical center, worlds apart from his rural roots. A wild assortment of patients and colleagues awaits him at Metropolitan Hospital. As Jim's life swings from the chaos of his job to the fervor of a revolutionary moment, he balances his beliefs with the everyday business of life and death. In this.

Sonnet 56 /
ISBN: 1934254126. OCLC Number: 437819267

Les Figues Press ;. .

Totem and shadow :
ISBN: 1883689872. OCLC Number: 43098888

Talisman House,. .

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.

Totem and shadow :
ISBN: 1883689880. OCLC Number: 248623100

Talisman House. .

Viridian :
ISBN: 0820318957. OCLC Number: 35008273

University of Georgia Press,. .

"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.

Winter (mirror) /
ISBN: 0971005958. OCLC Number: 50079349

Flood Editions,. .