A poem begins with a lump in your throat ~~ Robert Frost


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Storyteller and poet Eve Hoffman, a sixth generation Georgian, is rooted in red clay and grew up on a dairy farm by the Chattahoochee River. Along the way she graduated from Smith College, studied in Africa, lived in San Francisco, worked at Stanford and then settled back to the land she loves to raise a family. Her lineage includes a Revolutionary War soldier, a mill owner “hung near to death” by Yankees, a suffragette leader and a grandfather who helped shape the south as chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta for thirteen years. She recently discovered her great-grandmother was Secretary of the Georgia Women’s Sufferage Movement. No wonder she’s been called a provocateur, honored by Georgia Trend as one of 100 influential Georgians and as a Remarkable Woman by her alma mater Smith College.


Eve began writing poetry fifteen years ago. Her full-length book, Memory & Complicity, published by Mercer University Press, 2018 is nominated for Georgia Author of the Year 2019.  Among other work two chapbooks, Red Clay and SHE and and art/narrative book A Celebration of Healing— stories of twenty models whose lives have been impacted by breast cancer to accompany Sal Brownfield’s paintings of them.


Eve has held public office, impacted education and environmental policy, founded a statewide K-12 writing competition and backed her Chevy Caprice onto a fire hydrant after her kids’ swim practice, about which they still tease her. She founded first statewide organization of business and education leaders; convened CEOs to examine critical concerns; worked with groups as varied as The Conference Board, the Georgia Human Relations Commission, major corporations, key business and political leaders, and the media.  She has served on numerous boards including Emory’s Center for Ethics, Zoo Atlanta, Inner Harbour, League of Women Voters, Anti-Defamation League.


Hoffman has been published by the Mercer University press, Georgia Humanities Council, Emory University Center for Ethics, New Southerner, Southern Women’s Review, Five Oaks and online. Her work is included in performances of the Senior Ensemble of The Academy Theatre.  She has worked with Georgia’s Poet of the Year, North Carolina’s Poet Laureate, as well as internationally honored poets in Paris. She has been a part of numerous intensive poetry workshops and participated in readings at Shakespeare & Co. in Paris.

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