Alumna Carlie Hoffman '16 Announces Debut Poetry Collection, 'This Alaska"'

BY Zoe Contros Kearl, May 9, 2019

Headshot of Carlie Hoffman

 

Alumna Carlie Hoffman ‘16 had her first collection of poems,This Alaska, picked up by Four Way Books, forthcoming in 2021.

 

In her poem Postcard From Alaska, Hoffman writes,

 

People, too, contain a dangerous spill

inside them: a transmitter out

of date, whole spheres submerged

 

in serotonin.

If I can believe in electricity, I can believe the dead

still live somewhere—

 

a zip code to a dim, immutable

breathing. A voice calling out

This is not the body you longed for

 

Even the crows who stalk power

lines have flown from someplace else.

 

Carlie Hoffman is the author of the poetry collection This Alaska.  Hoffman’s honors include a 92Y/Discovery Prize, an Amy Award from Poets & Writers, a Brooklyn Poets fellowship, and fellowships from the New York State Summer Writer’s Institute and Columbia University. She has been listed as one of Narrative Magazine's 30 below 30 poets and her poems have been published in Bennington Review, Boston Review, TriQuarterly, New England Review and elsewhere.