This week, we are thrilled to feature the very talented Alicia Hoffman. She is the author of Railroad Phoenix and two of her poems, This Haunting We Know and Elegy, were featured on Dying Dahlia in January 2017. Learn what inspires her, what her writing process looks like and more!
What inspires you the most?
When I was writing Railroad Phoenix, what inspired me most was landscape, and how landscape and nostalgia for that lost landscape created in me sensory experiences that I needed to explore on the page. Images associated with the landscape of a lost youth prompted me to explore those images in many ways throughout the book. Depending on how one looks at it, I am either blessed or cursed with a good memory, and I used many of those memories of my time as a child to ground the poems.
Who are your favorite women writers?
This is such a tough question. I just finished reading Ada Limon’s Dead Bright Things. I am still floored by the beauty; the vivid, unexpected, overwhelming, joyous truth-blasts of those poems. Also, I am lucky enough to live in Rochester, New York, home to so many incredible women writers I admire. Sarah Freligh, author of Sad Math, was the first to recommend Limon’s book. (Thanks, Sarah!) Rachel McKibbens, whose book BLUD came out recently through Copper Canyon Press, is another writer who consistently floors me with her powerful work. Carol McMahon, another Rochester poet I only got to know when we both showed up across the country in Washington State to complete our MFA at the Rainier Writing Workshop, renders beautiful and haunting poems, too. Continue reading “Women Writers We Love: Alicia Hoffman”