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Jay  Hopler

Jay Hopler

Jay Hopler


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Jay Hopler was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 1970 and has earned degrees from New York University, The Johns Hopkins University, The Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and Purdue University. He is the editor of two literary anthologies (The Killing Spirit: A Book of Contractual Murder and, with Kimberly Johnson, Before the Door of God: An Anthology of Devotional Poetry), the translator of a collection of German poems (The Museum of Small Dark Things: 25 Poems by Georg Trakl), and the author of two books of poetry (Green Squall and The Abridged History of Rainfall). He has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including The Yale Series of Younger Poets Award, the Whiting Writers’ Award, and The Rome Prize in Literature, and in 2016 he was a finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry.

Hopler joined USF’s faculty in 2006 and teaches graduate and undergraduate workshops and seminars in poetry writing, poetics, pedagogy, and genre fiction. He is a practitioner of Ashtanga Yoga, an aficionado of the creature feature, a devotee of punk rock (favorite bands include Bad Brains, The Vandals, Black Flag, Fugazi, and Rites of Spring), and a supporter of Arsenal Football Club. When he is not teaching, he is exploring the mountain ranges of the American west with his wife, the poet and Renaissance scholar Kimberly Johnson. His next book, Still Life, will be published by McSweeney’s in 2022.


PhD, American Studies, Purdue University
MFA, Creative Writing, The Iowa Writers’ Workshop
MA, Creative Writing, The Johns Hopkins University
BA, English and American Literature, New York University

Specialty Area

Creative Writing (Poetry)
Creative Writing Pedagogy
Literary Translation
Cultural Studies
Genre Fiction