Tony Hoagland

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Anthony Dey Hoagland (born November 19, 1953) is an American poet. His poetry collection 2003, What Narcissism Means to Me, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His other honors include two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts,[1] a 2000 Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry,[2] and a fellowship to the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center.[3] His poems and criticism have appeared in such publications as New Ohio Review, Poetry Magazine, Ploughshares, Agni, Threepenny Review,[4] The Gettysburg Review, Ninth Letter, Southern Indiana Review, American Poetry Review and Harvard Review.


Tony Hoagland, American poet (2013)

Hoagland was born in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. His father was an Army doctor, and Hoagland grew up on various military bases throughout the South. He was educated at Williams College, the University of Iowa (B.A.) and the University of Arizona (M.F.A.). According to the novelist Don Lee, Hoagland "attended and dropped out of several colleges, picked apples and cherries in the Northwest, lived in communes, [and] followed the Grateful Dead . . ."[5] He currently teaches in the University of Houston creative writing program. He is also on the faculty of the low-residency Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers.[6] Hoagland is married to Kathleen Lee, author of fiction, essays and travel writings. They have no children.

Literary Influences and Praise[edit]

In an interview with Miriam Sagan about his poetic influences, Hoagland said, "if I were going to place myself on some aesthetic graph, my dot would be equidistant between Sharon Olds and Frank O’Hara, between the confessional (where I started) and the social (where I have aimed myself)".[7] In a 2002 citation regarding Hoagland's award in Literature, The American Academy of Arts and Letters said that "Hoagland's imagination ranges thrillingly across manners, morals, sexual doings, and kinds of speech lyrical and candid, intimate as well as wild."

From JET (published in Donkey Gospel, 1998)[edit]

 Sometimes I wish I were still out 
 on the back porch, drinking jet fuel 
 with the boys, getting louder and louder 
 as the empty cans drop out of our paws 
 like booster rockets falling back to Earth

Published works[edit]

Each year links to its corresponding "[year] in poetry" article:

Full-Length Poetry Collections
  • 2014: Don't Tell Anyone, Venice, California: Hollyridge Press
  • 2009: Little Oceans, Venice, California: Hollyridge Press
  • 2005: Hard Rain, Venice, California: Hollyridge Press
  • 1990: History of Desire, Tucson: Moon Pony Press
  • 1986: Talking to Stay Warm, Minneapolis: Coffee Cup Press
  • 1985: A Change in Plans, Sierra Vista, California: San Pedro Press
Essay Collections


  • 1991: Bill Henderson (ed.). Pushcart Prize XVI: Best of the Small Presses, 1991-92. The Pushcart Press. ISBN 978-0-916366-71-1. 

Honors and awards[edit]



  • Contemporary Authors Online. The Gale Group, 2004. PEN (Permanent Entry Number): 0000121759. Subscription required.

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