Tony Hoagland is the author of three volumes of poetry:
Sweet Ruin, winner of the Brittingham Prize in Poetry, Donkey
Gospel, winner of the James Laughlin Award of The Academy
of American Poets, and What
Narcissism Means to Me, as well as a collection of essay's
about poetry, Real
Sofistakashun all by Graywolf Press. His poems and critical
essays have appeared widely in journals and anthologies
such as American Poetry Review, Harvard Review, and Ploughshares.
Hoagland currently teaches in the poetry program at the
University of Houston. He is the winner of the 2005 O.B.
Hardison Jr. Prize. Awarded by the Folger Shakespeare Library,
this is the only national prize to recognize a poet's teaching
as well as his art. Hoagland also received the 2005 Mark
Twain Award, given by the Poetry Foundation in recognition
of a poets contribution to humor in American poetry.
Hoagland's poems have been described as moving unerringly
with wit and irony, like an arrow through its targetwe,
the readerswith exhilarating results. His poems sprint
across the page and unexpectedly blow apart a single moment,
exposing its contradictory natureand often our folly.
Hoagland explores the spiritual bereftness of American satisfaction,
creating poetry that is scathing, funny, rich, and refreshingly
intelligent. Steven Cramer writes of Hoagland's poems, "[they]
grapple with selfhood and manhood, but they also consider
the mysteries of the national identityhow the social
and the personal mutually impinge."