Erin Hoover is the author of the poetry collection Barnburner. She teaches creative writing at Hendrix College as the Murphy Visiting Fellow in Poetry. Hoover has also gained recognition as a literary editor and communications director.

Barnburner is the winner of the 2017 Antivenom Poetry Award from Elixir Press.

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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 

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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]


Editor & Educator

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Dr. Erin Hoover teaches creative and entrepreneurial writing at Hendrix College as the Murphy Visiting Fellow in Poetry. She holds a PhD from Florida State University, an MFA from University of Oregon, and a BA from Sarah Lawrence College.

In addition to teaching, Hoover serves on the executive committee of the C.D. Wright Women Writers Conference, held annually at the University of Central Arkansas. She was past media director for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts.

“Prior to [Erin Hoover’s] service, we did not have a committee member savvy in the world of PR and marketing. … Our 2019 conference was the first time we had a true ‘live’ presence on social media on the two days of the conference thanks to Dr. Hoover.”

— Sandy Longhorn, Director, C.D. Wright Women Writers Conference

Hoover currently lives in Arkansas but was born and raised in central Pennsylvania. She 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, feature journalism, nonprofit advocacy, and fundraising communications. These hands-on experiences in literary and professional writing inform her teaching practice. Hoover envisions publishing as an ethical intersection of culture, community, and commerce.

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