Paul Hoover

Paul Hoover

( He/Him/His )
Advisor, Thesis Reader.
Phone: (415) 338-3157
Location: Humanities Building, Room 447
Office Hours:
Tue: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Hours held on campus. Please email to arrange a Zoom meeting during office hours.


Fifteen poetry collections, including O, and Green:  New and Selected Poems (MadHat Press, 2021), The Book of Unnamed Things (MadHat Press, 2018), Desolation: Souvenir (Omnidawn, 2012), In Idiom and Earth (En el idioma y en la tierra, 2012), translated by María Baranda (Mexico: Conaculta, 2012), Sonnet 56 (Les Figues, 2009), Edge and Fold (Apogee Press, 2006), Poems in Spanish (Omnidawn, 2005), Winter Mirror (Flood Editions, 2002), Rehearsal in Black (Salt Publications, 2001), Viridian (University of Georgia Press, 1997), and The Novel:  A Poem (New Directions, 1991). He has also published Fables of Representation: Essays (University of Michigan Press, 2004) and the novel Saigon, Illinois (Vintage Contemporaries, 1988), a chapter of which appeared in The New Yorker. The Italian translation of Saigon, Illinois, translated by Nicola Manuppelli, was published by Carbonio Editore of Milan in 2018.  Professor Hoover’s translations include The Complete Poems of San Juan de la Cruz, (with María Baranda, Milkweed Editions, 2021), Selected Poems of Friedrich Hölderlin (with Maxine Chernoff, Omnidawn, 2008), and two books with Nguyen Do, Black Dog, Black Night: Contemporary Vietnamese Poetry (Milkweed Editions, 2008) and Beyond the Court Gate:  Selected Poems of Nguyen Trai (Counterpath Press, 2010).  He is editor of Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology (W.W. Norton, 1994 / 2013), the annual literary magazine New American Writing, and The New World Written:  Selected Poems of María Baranda (Yale University Press, 2021).  Frederick Bock Award for best poetry published in Poetry, 2010; PEN-USA Translation Award for Hölderlin volume, 2009; Jerome J. Shestack Prize for best poetry published in American Poetry Review, 2002; Carl Sandburg Award for poetry, 1987; General Electric Foundation Award for Younger Writers, 1984; NEA Fellowship in Poetry, 1980. Previously employed at Columbia College Chicago, where he founded a number of programs and Columbia Poetry Review, he has taught at SF State since 2003. 


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