“[This class] made me feel like part of a community.” — Poetry Writing student, Hendrix College

“She cared about helping us without putting restrictions on our writing.” — Poetic Technique student, FSU

“Erin was a fantastic teacher. She gave awesome feedback, helped if I was struggling, and assisted with the improvement of my work.  She was easy to reach outside of class hours if I needed her.” — Article and Essay Technique student, FSU

“I wish I could take this class over again.  I will use these skills in my professional life and I will stay in contact with this teacher. ” — Advanced Writing and Editing student, FSU

Poetry Writing
Hendrix Poetry Writing students, Fall 2019

Erin Hoover is currently the Murphy Visiting Fellow in English at Hendrix College, one of forty Colleges That Change Lives.  She teaches poetry and nonfiction in the English Department and mentors undergraduate students through the Murphy Scholars Program, a humanities cohort program for students planning advanced study in literature and language. She serves as faculty advisor to The Profile, Hendrix’s student magazine.

Poetic Technique students
FSU Poetic Technique students, Spring 2017

Prior to 2019, Erin taught for six years at Florida State University, first as a graduate instructor, then as full-time visiting teaching faculty. As editor-in-chief of the Southeast Review from 2014-2016, she ran an editing practicum for undergraduate editors. While she was a graduate student, Erin’s students nominated her for an Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award through the Graduate School.

In January 2019, Erin was awarded a certificate through FSU’s Diversity and Inclusion Program, part of the Center for Leadership and Social Change, for completion of coursework and a theory-to-action project to apply research about inclusive practices in educational spaces to creative writing classrooms.  She was also trained in allyship to LGBTQ+ people through Allies & Safe Zones and her office and class registered as campus safe spaces.

Erin served as a mentor for the Association of Writers & Writing Programs’ Writer to Writer in 2018, working with poet Romana Iorga.

Erin’s Hendrix College students have won the National Federation of State Poetry Societies’ Florence Kahn Memorial Award [press release] and multiple prizes from the Southern Literary Festival [press release]. They have been published (or have work forthcoming) in 30 North, the Allegheny Review, Equinox, Loomings, and other journals.

In Summer 2020, through a grant from the Associated Colleges of the South, faculty from Hendrix College and The University of the South developed a resource for instructors planning to incorporate small-group teaching in their course planning: Teach Small This Fall.

Courses taught, Hendrix College:
Creative Nonfiction Writing
Literary Careers & Causes
Poetic Forms
Poetry Writing—Poetry as an Act of Community
Independent Study—The Poetic Line in Free-Verse Poetry
Tutorial: The Hendrix Review

Courses taught, Florida State University:
Editing Internship (Southeast Review)
Advanced Writing and Editing
Poetic Technique
Article and Essay Technique
Introduction to Poetry
Research, Genre, and Context
First-Year Writing: Writing About the Poet in the World
First-Year Writing I and II