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MEMORY & COMPLICITY coming Spring 2018, Mercer University Press

In Eve Hoffman, Georgia, Jewish, Poetry, Race, Red Clay, Sal Brownfield, Southern History & Culture, Women on August 27, 2010 at 3:16 PM

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We find our own stories in Eve Hoffman’s poetry — affirming, bearing witness both intimate and epic in the time flow of the second half of the 20th century.           ~Paul Root Wolpe, Director, Center for Ethics, Emory University

In Memory & Complicity we feel Georgia red clay under Hoffman’s bare feet on the dairy farm where she grew up; walk with her though an exhibit of one hundred and fifty postcards of lynchings. We see a girl in a yellow dress at the synagogue her great-grandparents founded–- the synagogue bombed four hours later by white racists. We see black-faced jockeys in front yards. We listen to lullabies written in the Nazi concentration camps played on her mother’s piano—and the realization her mother, a fourth generation southern Jew, was pregnant with her as they were being written. We taste sweet-potato pies and feel the wooden pews of churches turning their backs as gay men die. We watch children dive from the top of the refrigerator into their father’s arms and as young adults shovel dirt onto his wooden coffin. We accompany a widow rebuilding her life, finding a Mason jar for fireflies for her grandchildren.

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Eve Hoffman’s book of memories arrives at a conflicted time in American life and culture, and provides much needed insight into the paths that led us here and possibilities for going forward. Her voice provides a rare window into complicated issues of identity, community, social evil and moral possibilities. I hope that you will peer into this unsettling mirror, invited by her lyrical gifts, and begin the process of reflection, dialogue and action to repair a broken world.        ~Robert M. Franklin, President Emeritus, Morehouse College

 

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Contact: Mercer University Press or evehoffman@bellsouth.net to arrange readings.

   

 

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SHE Five Oaks Press, available on Amazon or from author

In Eve Hoffman, Georgia, Jewish, Poetry, Race, Sal Brownfield, Southern History & Culture, Women on August 27, 2010 at 2:36 PM

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SHE, a quintet of wind-swept poems is a compact memoir tracing the steps of a diffident child as she becomes a confident woman who simultaneously follows the rules and pushes the boundaries. She chooses a man who deals in the “uncommon currencies” of bear hugs and laughter, recalls the rumbly-tumbly of her now adult children, shoulders an array of civic duties, accepts—bewildered—widowhood. Love comes again, almost stealthily, then rooted like the trees she celebrates. The fifth poem, a prayer, leads the reader toward the future, acknowledging fear and affirming joy. Lucky reader.  ~ Paula Bevington, Attorney, civic and business leader, Atlanta. 

 

From SHE–Part One

She was a scaredy-cat

afraid of howling winds tossing back tin roofs,

of coonhounds braying on full-moon Georgia nights,

of snakes – all of them…

 

Eve Hoffman, in SHE, offers us the gift of a rich and deeply-experienced life, a woman’s life seen through the prism of the poet’s craft. In language that’s both lyrical and accessible – the direct language of the everyday lifted to the level of song, of praise – she creates a vibrant and meticulously interwoven narrative that pulls the reader along, and further along, and ever more deeply into the world and the life that this generous poet shares with us. SHE is a work of sustained beauty and creative energy, the kind of beauty and creative energy that can sustain us all. ~ Cecilia Woloch, Award-winning poet,  Los Angeles and Paris

 

From Jumping Off the Refrigerator…

I miss you jumping off the top of the refrigerator

into Dad’s arms, giggling the whole way…

 

 

Eve Hoffman, SHE, invites us to take a journey into a life unfolding, lovingly experienced with the full range of human emotions. No road maps are needed as we move along her journey, drawn in and moved by the depth and vulnerability of her personal exploration. SHE is a celebration of a complex life shaped by events that define our generation and inform our humanness.  Dr. Shimon Waldfogel, Psychiatrist , Philadelphia

 

From Oh Lord…

Oh Lord

of births and beheading

(for if you are there, you must be God of both)

put your thumb not he scales

of new stars

and the air we breathe.

 


Cover: Lady in Blue in a Chair by Sal Brownfield

Contact: evehoffman@bellsouth.net to arrange readings and book signings. SHE is available on Amazon or from the author.

 

 

 

 

 

FORTHCOMING Events

In A Celebration of Healing, Eve Hoffman, Georgia, Jewish, Poetry, Political, Race, Sal Brownfield, Southern History & Culture, Women on March 11, 2010 at 6:00 PM

Tuesday OCTOBER 3, 2017.  

Exhibition of 3 paintings and talk at Buckhead (Atlanta) Kiwanis breakfast.

 

Friday OCTOBER 6, 2017  

6:00-7:30PM Book Loft, Fernandina Beach/Amelia Island, Florida

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All welcome!


WHO/WHAT/WHERE/WHEN/HOW to organize and host a reading of SHE and other Eve Hoffman works forthcoming in MEMORY & COMPLICITY, Mercer University Press Spring 2018.

  1. Identify 3 or 4 co-hosts. Don’t need to know Eve.
  2. Locate a place and set time – library, church/synagogue/mosque, someone’s home, bookstore, art gallery, as program for an already scheduled event, e.g. Rotary, be creative. Need access to 30 chairs and parking.
  3. Get e-mail invitation designed specific to your event from Eve or design your own.
  4. Send e-mail invitations with personal note to at least 200-300 people. (Should get approximately 30 show-ups.) Eve will also do e-blast to her list in your area and put info in occasional newsletter if in public place. Can use evite service if need RSVPs. Eve has info.
  5. Re-send invitation and reminder a few days before event.
  6. Organize drinks and light food.
  7. Set up table for sales and signing books

Eve will bring books to the reading. If the event is held in a non-profit, a percentage of sales will be donated to that non-profit. Approximately half hour after starting time (depends on the group) Eve will read for half and hour or so from SHE and other work tailored to audience, e.g. if in SF, will read pieces that reference SF.

Contact: evehoffman@bellsouth.net


 


RED CLAY — Out of print

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RED CLAY is being published!

In Eve Hoffman, Georgia, Red Clay, Red Clay: Southern, Family, Women on March 11, 2010 at 6:00 PM

February 1, 2010. RED CLAY, my chapbook of poems is being published. Buy it now!!

What is being said about RED CLAY?

Eve Hoffman’s is a well-seasoned voice, a storyteller’s voice, the voice of a woman whose girlhood in the south – dirt roads and damp sheets on clotheslines; bombed synagogues and segregation and the Ku Klux Klan – is evoked here, along with her seasons as daughter and mother and wife and widow, in loving detail, in rich remembrance. Cecilia Woloch,  Latest book of poetry, Carpathia

An authentic Southern voice with a universal chord, Eve Hoffman’s poetry continues down that remarkable path of great Southern writers before her. In RED CLAY she tells of children, parents, a husband, school, tragedy, friendship, war and love. Set against a background of sky and earth, her poetry testifies to the enduring power and appeal of place.  Jamil Zainaldin, President, Georgia Humanities Council

I hope you will buy RED CLAY now! Pre-publication sales determine the size of the press-run.  We need to sell at least 100 by the first week in March! I hope you will be a part of these early sales. I hope you will will encourage others to buy RED CLAY by sharing this announcement through your e-mail list, by word of mouth, on Facebook, Twitter, smoke signals, etc.!

How to purchase RED CLAY now?

Order on line

http://www.finishinglinepress.com

(Books are listed alphabetically by author.)

Order by mail

Order Form

Please send me_____copy(ies) of RED CLAY by Eve Hoffman at

$14 per copy plus $1 shipping per copy.

Enclosed is my check (payable to Finishing Line Press) for $______

Name__________________________________________________

Address________________________________________________

City/State/Zip___________________________________________

Please send check or money order to: 

Finishing Line Press, Post Office Box 1626, Georgetown, KY 40324

When will I receive my copy(ies) of RED CLAY ?

Release date is May 7, 2010 and books will be mailed to you then.

(Yes, I will sign them afterwards. Yes, I will do readings anywhere I’m invited.

And yes, the girl on the cover is me!)

Thanks so much!  I hope you enjoy RED CLAY ! 

 

Eve Hoffman Bio and Projects

In A Celebration of Healing, Breast cancer, Depression, Eve Hoffman, Georgia, Red Clay, Sal Brownfield, Women on March 11, 2010 at 6:00 PM

Eve Hoffman, a sixth generation Georgian, began writing poetry six years ago. RED CLAY is her first book. She’s worked with poets at the Paris Poetry Workshops, Idylwild Summer Poetry Workshops, Hambidge Writers’ Workshops and Cecilia Woloch’s Atlanta workshops. She’s been published by the Georgia Humanities Council, Emory University Center for Ethics, New Southerner, Southern Women’s Review, online, and her work is included in performances of the Academy Theater Senior Ensemble. Eve founded and published three anthologies of Georgia K-12 public school writing. She has recently completed the narratives of twenty-three models in Sal Brownfield’s series of paintings, A Celebration of Healing: Lives Impacted by Breast Cancer. 

Eve Hoffman has been an elected official, a public education and environmental advocate. She founded non-profits and served on numerous not-for-profit boards.

has been identified by Georgia Trend as one of the most influential people in the state and has been honored by her alma mater Smith College as a “Remarkable Woman.” Eve lives in the woods by the river of her childhood and takes her grandchildren to play in the creek she played in as a child.

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A Celebration of Healing: Lives Impacted by Breast Cancer

I am working with Sal Brownfield to publish A Celebration of Healing: Lives Impacted by Breast Cancer –portraits by Sal (www.salbrownfield.com), narratives  by Eve (www.evehoffman.com).  Audiences include patients, friends and families, physicians, individuals and organizations interested in breast cancer and in healing.

A Celebration of Healing is Atlanta artist Sal Brownfield’s series of paintings of lives touched by breast cancer. Each is a bold collaboration in which the subject is as much muse as model. The paintings are about transition from illness to healing, from chaos to calm. They provide a space for stories to be told and stigma abandoned.  I’ve written the narratives. Together the paintings and narratives affirm essential humanity and honor lives touched by illness across all demographics. Reactions  range from silence and tears to an outpouring of stories. Brownfield observes: “Art is a non-clinical, non-judgmental, non-intellectual stimulus which resonates on a spiritual level. This is not art therapy but art itself as healing.”

Each painting is both representational and abstract, designed to create a sense of sanctuary using a contemporary stained glass motif. The series consists of twenty-three 5′ x 4′ oil and shellac works on canvas and accompanying narratives.

If you are interested in this project please contact us at evehoffman@bellsouth.net or salbrownfield@mindspring.com. We are particularly interested in exhibition and publishing opportunities.

My Mother’s Hands

In recent years I have uncovered a trove of poetry written by my grandmother and mother. I’m intrigued with the resonance across the twentieth century in the voices of three generations of Atlanta born, Jewish, Smith College educated women as well as in the work of my daughter, an artist and also a Smith graduate. If you are interested in this project, particularly publishing opportunities, contact me at evehoffman@bellsouth.net.

November Poems

After walking into an unexpected wall of depression I began to write and write and write. I am working on a collection of these November poems. If you are interested, contact me at evehoffman@bellsouth.net .