Kelly Hoffer


Kelly writes and studies poetry. She has taught creative writing at the University of Iowa and Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. Her poetry book manuscript, Undershore, was a finalist for the 2020 National Poetry Series and a semifinalist for Tupelo Press's 2020 Berkshire Prize. Her creative work was recognized as a finalist for the 2017 American Literary Review Award in poetry and as a finalist for the 2017 Omnidawn Single Poem Broadside Contest. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Prelude online, BathHouse Journal, The Bennington Review, and Yalobusha Review among others.

Research Focus

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