Kelly Hoffer


Kelly Hoffer writes and studies poetry. Her debut collection of poetry, Undershore, was selected by Diana Khoi Nguyen as the winner of the 2021 Lightscatter Press Prize, and is forthcoming in the spring of 2023. Her second book manuscript 'Fire Series' was a finalist for the 2021 National Poetry Series and the Georgia Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Gulf Coast, TAGVVERK, American Chordata, Denver Quarterly, Mississippi Review, and Prelude, among others. Her reviews and scholarly essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Jacket2, Cultural Critique, Inscription: The Journal of Material Text,  and Henry James Review. She is currently at work on a dissertation about the intersection of metaphor and visual form in contemporary American experimental poetry.

Research Focus

  • 20th century poetry
  • Contemporary poetry
  • Poetic theory
  • Aesthetics
  • Literary Theory 

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