Erin Hoover is the author of Barnburner, winner of the 2017 Antivenom Poetry Award from Elixir Press

2018 Florida Book Award medalist

Named a “favorite poetry book of 2018” by Largehearted Boy and by The Adroit Journal

A Sundress Publications “Best Dressed” selection

Featured by Ours Poetica 

Buy Barnburner:
Small Press Distribution

“Hoover exhumes the skeletons buried neatly behind the white picket fences of modern America in a debut that is rife with outspoken disillusionment. … [This] candid portrait of normalized cruelty is likely to get readers to question their own malignant perceptions and passivity in the face of injustice.” [Read the full review]

Publishers Weekly

“Hoover’s debut poetry collection is a fitting attempt to kick down staid, prim, even academic poetic doors.” [Read the full review]


& educator

Erin teaches creative writing at Hendrix College as the Murphy Visiting Fellow in English. She holds a Ph.D. from Florida State University, an M.F.A. from University of Oregon, and a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College.

In addition to teaching, Erin serves on the executive committee for the C.D. Wright Women Writers Conference, held annually at the University of Central Arkansas. She currently lives in Arkansas but was born and raised in central Pennsylvania.

Erin has lived and worked in diverse settings from New York City to the Florida Panhandle, gaining recognition in a variety of fields, including literary editing and publicity, features journalism, and nonprofit advocacy and fundraising communications. These hands-on experiences in literary and professional writing inform her teaching practice.


Erin Hoover’s poems are creative work. Names, characters, places, and incidents are products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously and are not to be construed as real. Any resemblance to actual events, locales, organizations, or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.