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Kelly Hoffer

Kelly Hoffer

Educational Background

University of Iowa, MFA
Reed College, BA



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.


  • Literatures in English


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


Fall 2021


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