Jay Hopler

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Jay Hopler (born 1970, in San Juan, Puerto Rico) is an American poet.

Early life and education[edit]

He graduated from Purdue University (Ph.D., American Studies), the Iowa Writers’ Workshop (M.F.A., Creative Writing/Poetry), the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars (M.A., Creative Writing/Poetry) and New York University (B.A., English and American Literature).


His poetry, essays, and translations have appeared in numerous magazines and journals, including American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, Mid-American Review, The New Republic and The New Yorker.

Hopler is Professor of English (Creative Writing/Poetry) at the University of South Florida.[1]

Personal life[edit]

He lives in Tampa, Florida and is married to poet and Renaissance scholar Kimberly Johnson.[2][3]


  • 2016 [Finalist] National Book Award in Poetry for The Abridged History of Rainfall[4]
  • 2016 Florida Book Award in Poetry (Gold Medal) for The Abridged History of Rainfall
  • 2014 National “Best Books” Award from USA Book News for Before the Door of God: An Anthology of Devotional Poetry[5]
  • 2010/2011 Rome Prize in Literature from the American Academy of Arts & Letters/The American Academy in Rome[6][7]
  • 2009 Whiting Award[8]
  • 2009 Lannan Foundation Fellowship
  • 2007 National “Best Books” Award from USA Book News for Green Squall
  • 2007 Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award, for Green Squall
  • 2006 Florida Book Award for Green Squall
  • 2006 ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award for Green Squall
  • 2005 Yale Series of Younger Poets Award, for Green Squall, chosen by Louise Glück



  • Jay Hopler & Kimberly Johnson, eds. (2013). Before the Door of God: An Anthology of Devotional Poetry. Yale University Press. ISBN 978-0300175202. 
  • Jay Hopler, ed. (1996). The Killing Spirit: An Anthology of Murder for Hire. Overlook Press. ISBN 978-0-87951-661-1.  ( Canongate Books 1996)


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