Catch Cynthia at AWP 2016 in Los Angeles at the poetry craft discussion Serial Killers.
F259. Serial Killers: How to Survive the Series Poem
Room 510, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Friday, April 1, 2016, 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm
This panel explores the dangers and allure of the serial poem. Panelists offer insight into the types of poems included in successful series, share the processes and challenges involved in creating their own series, and look at the recent resurgence of the series poem. From series that reconstruct history to series that engage folklore to series that center on a modal unity like elegy or ekphrasis, panelists share best practices to help others build their serial m.o.
With Cynthia Marie Hoffman, John A. Nieves, Alexandra Teague, Kathryn Nuernberger, and Nicky Beer.
Hoffman is interviewed online at Tinderbox Editions on researching and writing Paper Doll Fetus, bad advice that’s actually good advice, and the problem with the “F” word (fetus!).
“Sometimes poetry forces us to look directly at a thing head-on. And sometimes it allows us to use metaphors to look at a thing sideways. Either way, in poetry, I have always found a way to face what I am afraid of.”
Red Paint Hill’s Issue 8 features a review of Paper Doll Fetus, “A Woman Thing: Mythology, Mystery, and Motherhood.”
“Within the twilight and terror of childbirth, Cynthia Marie Hoffman guides us through the mythological, mystifying World of Motherhood. Here, monsters are birthed in the darkness. Here, the pains of labor are succored with the ground bones of the dead. Here, chloroform and forceps lift and fall in the fog. All these terrifying visions, and more, are hidden inside her second full length poetry collection Paper Doll Fetus.” — Paul David Adkins
A local Wisconsin reading series, Poetry and Pints, is featured on Wisconsin Public Radio. Hoffman read from Paper Doll Fetus in the series in April and was interviewed by Wisconsin Life’s Erika Janik here.
Saturday April 4, 2015 – 3PM
Poetry & Pints
House of Brews, 4539 Helgesen Dr., Madison, WI 53718
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 – 5PM
George Mason University MFA Faculty and Alumni Poetry Reading
Icehouse, 2528 Nicollet Ave South, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404
Thursday, April 9 – 2:30-4:00PM
Author Signing, Paper Doll Fetus
Persea Book Table, AWP Conference Bookfair,
Thursday April 9, 2015 – 7PM
Four Way Books / Persea Books / Bull City Press / Unicorn Press: An AWP Reading
612BREW, 945 Broadway St NE, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55413
Friday, April 10 – 8PM (Reading at 8:40PM)
Mid-American Review’s 35th Anniversary Celebration
Gallery13, 811 Lasalle Ave Minneapolis, MN 55402
Monday, April 13, 2015 – 7PM
Wisconsin Book Festival Poetry Month Celebration
Central Library, Community Room 301, Madison, WI
Thursday, April 23 – 4:30PM
Lawrence University, Fox Cities Book Festival
Wriston Art Center Galleries, 711 E. Boldt Way, Appleton, WI 54911
Friday, April 24 – Sunday, April 26
Bjorklunden, Lawrence University Student Workshop Retreat
Bjorklunden, Baileys Harbor, WI
Saturday, May 9, 2015 – 7:30PM
The Writer’s Center
4508 Walsh St, Bethesda, MD 20815
Sunday, May 10, 2015 – 6PM
Iota Poetry Series
Iota Club & Café, 2832 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201
From the Mid-American Review Contributor Interview series: “Our latest contributor interview focuses on obsessions, compulsions, and fabrications of the mind — not to mention deep secrets, hulking angels, and the small choices poetry is built upon. Who could ask for more?” Hoffman’s poem “Open Window,” appears in MAR 35.1.
Monsters of Poetry presents Cynthia Marie Hoffman, Margaret Reges, Eugenia Leigh and Brittany Cavallaro.
Friday, March 13, 2015
Dragonfly Lounge, Madison, WI
Hoffman’s poem, “Miscarriage,” which appears in Paper Doll Fetus, is included in the new anthology Poetry in Medicine: An Anthology of Poems About Doctors, Patients, Illness and Healing, published by Persea Books in 2015.