Elizabeth Hoover is a poet, critic, and journalist. In addition to Some Poems About Pictures, she is also working on The Archive Sings of Winter, a book-length series of poems set in a fantastical archive, and Living in the Universe: A Critical Biography of Robert Hayden. In 2011, she published Love in the Wild, a limited edition chapbook available here.
Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Pank, The Los Angeles Review, Poetry Northwest, Massachusetts Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Natural Bridge, and Folio, among others. Her creative nonfiction received the 2015 StoryQuarterly Essay prize and has appeared in Lunch Ticket.
In 2015, she won the Difficult Fruit Poetry Prize from IthacaLit for her poem "Won't You Be My Valentine." In addition, she was a finalist for the Orlando Prize from the Room of Her Own Foundation. She has received fellowships from the U.S. Poets in Mexico conference, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
Elizabeth has taught creative writing at James Madison University, the University of Pittsburgh, and Indiana University. Her teaching approach emphasizes engaged learning and interdisciplinary work.You can read her teaching statement here.
As a journalist, Elizabeth has contributed to numerous publications including The Paris Review, Poets and Writers, and Carnegie Magazine. She reviews books for the Minneapolis Star Tribune and Dallas Morning News. While the associate editor of Sampsonia Way, she covered Burmese refugees creating a community in Pittsburgh, the dangers of being a woman writer in Afghanistan, and the dire situation of journalists in Zimbabwe. She also interviewed numerous international authors and blogged regularly about issues impacting free speech.
She is the author of three biographies for young adults on Suzanne Collins, Wyclef Jean, and Walter Dean Myers.
Elizabeth received a combined MFA in Creative Writing and MA in English Literature at Indiana University in Bloomington. She has over nine years of teaching experience in all genres of creative writing and loves being in the classroom.