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, a 2000 Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry, and a fellowship to the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. His poems and criticism have appeared in such publications as New Ohio Review, Poetry Magazine, Ploughshares, Agni, Threepenny Review, The Gettysburg Review, Ninth Letter, Southern Indiana Review, American Poetry Review and Harvard Review.
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 . . ." 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. Hoagland is married to Kathleen Lee, author of fiction, essays and travel writings. They have no children.
Literary Influences and Praise
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)". 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)
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
Each year links to its corresponding "[year] in poetry" article:
- Full-Length Poetry Collections
- 2018: Priest Turned Therapist Treats Fear of God, Minneapolis, MN: Graywolf Press, ISBN 978-1-55597-807-5
- 2017: Recent Changes in the Vernacular, Espanola, NM: Tres Chicas Books, ISBN 978-1-89300-317-0
- 2015: Application for Release from the Dream, Minneapolis, MN: Graywolf Press, ISBN 978-1-55597-718-4
- 2010: Unincorporated Persons in the Late Honda Dynasty, St. Paul: Graywolf Press, ISBN 978-1-55597-549-4
- 2003: What Narcissism Means to Me, St. Paul: Graywolf Press, ISBN 978-1-55597-386-5
- 1998: Donkey Gospel, St. Paul: Graywolf Press
- 1992: Sweet Ruin, Madison, Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin Press
- 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
- 2014: Twenty Poems That Could Save America and Other Essays, St. Paul: Graywolf Press
- 2006: Real Sofistikashun: Essays on Poetry and Craft, St. Paul: Graywolf Press
- 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
- 2008 Jackson Poetry Prize (awarded by Poets & Writers)
- 2005 O. B. Hardison, Jr. Poetry Prize Folger Shakespeare Library
- 2005 Mark Twain Award The Poetry Foundation
- 2002 Academy Award in Literature The American Academy of Arts and Letters
- 2000 Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry
- 1997 James Laughlin Award Academy of American Poets for Donkey Gospel
- 1994 NEA Literature Fellowship in Poetry
- 1994 John C. Zacharis First Book Award from Ploughshares for Sweet Ruin
- 1992 Brittingham Prize in Poetry for Sweet Ruin
- 1987 NEA Literature Fellowship in Poetry
- Literature Fellowships > Forty Years of Supporting American Writers > Past Recipients Archived 2009-11-19 at WebCite
- John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation > Fellowship Recipient Search
- Academy of American Poets > Tony Hoagland Bio
- Threepenny Review > Winter 2009 >Rabbit by Tony Hoagland
- Ploughshares Authors & Articles > Tony Hoagland, Zacharis Award > by Don Lee [https://web.archive.org/web/20071013073741/http://www.pshares.org/issues/article.cfm?prmarticleID=3801 Archived October 13, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
- "Tony Hoagland Awarded Jackson Poetry Prize | Poets & Writers". www.pw.org. Retrieved 2017-07-26.
- Tres Chicas Books > Miriam Sagan Interviews Tony Hoagland
- Poets & Writers > Tony Hoagland Awarded Jackson Poetry Prize
- The Potomac: A Journal of Poetry and Politics > Winter 2009 > Tony Hoagland Sends His Love by Laura McCullough
- Ploughshares Authors & Articles > Tony Hoagland, Zacharis Award > by Don Lee Archived October 13, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
- Contemporary Authors Online. The Gale Group, 2004. PEN (Permanent Entry Number): 0000121759. Subscription required.
- REVIEW: The New York Times Sunday Book Review > Books in Brief: Fiction & Poetry > Sunday, November 9, 2003 > Review by Emily Nussbaum of What Narcissism Means to Me by Tony Hoagland
- REVIEW: Blackbird: An Online Journal of Literature and the Arts > Archive: Spring 2004, Vol. 3, No. 1 > Review by Christian Horlick of What Narcissism Means to Me by Tony Hoagland
- VIDEO: PoetryL.A. > Tony Hoagland Reading at The Geffen in Westwood, CA, 2/16/09
- on YouTube
- Blue Flower Arts > Author's Booking Agency > Author Bio
- Hollyridge Press Hollyridge Press Website
- Graywolf Press > Tony Hoagland Author Page
- Correspondence with Gerald Stern