Erin Hoover is the author of the poetry collection Barnburner. Her second collection, No Spare People, is forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press in October 2023. Hoover teaches poetry writing at Tennessee Technological University as an assistant professor of English.

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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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“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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Erin Hoover is an assistant professor of English at Tennessee Tech, teaching poetry, literature, and literary editing. 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 has a history of literary organizing. Until mid-2022, she served on the executive committee of the C.D. Wright Women Writers Conference, held annually at the University of Central Arkansas. She was also formerly media director for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts and the national organizing group Writers Resist. Currently, she is on the advisory board of the Southern Literary Festival and Tennessee Tech’s Women’s Center.

Hoover currently lives in middle Tennessee 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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