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Lecturer Carlie Hoffman Wins National Jewish Book Award

Hoff­man won the Berru Poet­ry Award in Mem­o­ry of Ruth and Bernie Wein­flash for When There Was Light.

When There Was Light, Carlie Hoffman’s second collection of poetry, won the National Jewish Book Awards’ Berru Poet­ry Award in Mem­o­ry of Ruth and Bernie Wein­flash.

The National Jewish Book Awards are given by the Jew­ish Book Coun­cil—found­ed in 1943, it’s the longest-run­ning orga­ni­za­tion devot­ed exclu­sive­ly to the sup­port and cel­e­bra­tion of Jew­ish literature.

Hoffman, Lecturer in Creative Writing,  is the author of two collections of poetry. In addition to  When There Was Light (Four Way Books, 2023), her debut, This Alaska (Four Way Books, 2021), won the Northern California Publishers and Authors Gold Award in Poetry and was a finalist for the Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award.

A poet and translator, her honors include a “Discovery” / Boston Review Prize and a Poet’s & Writers Amy Award. 

Hoffman’s poetry, translations, fiction, reviews, and critical writing have been published or are forthcoming in POETRY, Kenyon Review, Poetry Daily, Los Angeles Review of Books, Columbia Journal, Jewish Currents, Boston Review, New England Review, and many other publications.

Hoffman is the Founding Editor and Editor-in-Chief of Small Orange Journal, where she curates and edits the interview series Small Orange Conversations with Poets.

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