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Hopper has been appointed Poet Laureate of Tompkins County for a one-year term beginning March 3, 2015. For press coverage, see:

3.8.2015 | 5 poems from Tompkins County’s new poet laureate
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3.13.2015 | Speakeasy: Jack Hopper, Poet Laureate
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Jack Hopper’s poetry has appeared in The Montparnasse Review; The Genre of Silence; Works: A Quarterly of Writing; Chronogram: Arts, Culture, Spirit; and Literary Gazette.

His published collections of poetry include: Miscellany: Poems by John Hopper (Amsterdam: Visa Editions, 1962); The Ympes of Wanton Youthe: Poems 1963–93 (Kalamazoo: John Stroupe and Associates, 1994); and Doubles: Poems 1995–2012 (Ithaca: Cayuga Lake Books, 2012).

He has read his poetry at bookstores, cultural centers, and libraries in Paris, Ithaca and Trumansburg, NY [click here for more info]; on radio (Riverside Memorial Church, 1964); at theaters in New York (La Mama E.T.C., 1964) and Washington D.C. (Folger Shakespeare Library, 1971); Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference (Middlebury, VT, 2007). He has appeared on Tish Pearlman’s “Out of Bounds” (WSKG/WEOS, 2/3/2013) [click here to listen], Jim Murphy’s “Ithaca/Watkins Glen Morning Show (WRFI, 2/7/2013), and Ceili Murphy’s “Common Talk,” (WCBR, 6/23/2013).

Two of Jack’s plays have been translated and performed on AVRO Dutch Radio (Hilversum, 1960), and The Year of the Census was produced at La Mama E.T.C. (NY, 1964).

In 1967, Hopper founded and coedited the literary quarterly Works, published by AMS Press in New York (1967–1974). The magazine was devoted to new fiction, drama, poetry, translation, and criticism by established and unknown writers. Among them: Helen Adam, Paul Blackburn, Andrei Codrescu, Robert Creeley, Charles Edward Eaton, Albert Goldbarth, Tinker Greene, Richard Howard, Richard Kostelanetz, Seymour Krim, Clarence Major, Howard Moss, Anaïs Nin, Ron Padgett, Ishmael Reed, Tom Sankey, Roger Shattuck, Sam Shepard, Robert Stock, Janet Sylvester, Diane Wakoski, Anne Waldman, and Fred Wilcox.

Hopper has worked as a “book doctor” for the literary agent Richard Abate of 3Arts Entertainment, notably as editor of Yiyun Li’s first novel The Vagrants (NY: Random, 2009), which was reviewed on the front page of The New York Times Book Review. For the online publisher Mightywords, he worked with Newt Gingrich, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pete Hamil, Peter Jennings, and Peggy Noonan on their interpretations of the ten Bill of Rights amendments (2000).

Hopper has joined Cayuga Lake Books, Ithaca, NY, where he reads, edits, and assists authors in the Finger Lakes area.



John Hopper