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michael hogan

(July 14,1943 / Newport, Rhode Island)

Biography of michael hogan

MICHAEL HOGAN was born in Newport, Rhode Island in 1943. He is the author of twenty-two books including novels, histories, social and political essays, short story collections and poetry. His work has received two Pushcart Prizes, an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship, a PEN Award, the Benjamin Franklin Award and the gold medal of the Mexican Geographical Society. His poetry is widely anthologized and appears in many textbooks. Hogan has worked as consultant for the Western States Arts Foundation, for the Poets in the Schools programs in Arizona, Colorado and California, and for the National Endowment for the Arts conducting writing workshops in prisons. For two decades he was head of the English Department at the prestigious American School of Guadalajara and, most recently, was Latin American Consultant to the State Department’s Office of Overseas Schools. He lives in Guadalajara with the textile artist Lucinda Mayo and their dog, Molly Malone.

“Hogan’s poems are virtually free of the ego and fake emotion, the public posturing and self-regard that infect so much recent poetry. For Hogan to undertake the poem is to undertake the possibility of radical transformation. The humility and compassion of his poems warm me when others leave me chilled to the bone. He rewards the reader with intelligence and warmth and a wide sweep of understanding.” Sam Hamill, American Poetry Review.

michael hogan's Works:

POETRY
Letters for My Son (1975)
If You Ever Get There, Think of Me (1976)
Soon It Will Be Morning (1976)
April,1976 (1977)
Rust (1977)
Risky Business (1978)
The Broken Face of Summer (1981)
Making Our Own Rules (1989)
Imperfect Geographies (1998)
Winter Solstice: Selected Poems 1975-2012

FICTION
A Lion At A Cocktail Party (1978)
Molly Malone and the San Patricios (1998)
A Death in Newport (2011)
Molly Malone y Los San Patricios. Trans. by Ivy Becerra. (2012)
A Lion At A cocktail Party: 25th Anniversary Edition (2013)
A Metaphorical Piano (2013)

NON-FICTION
Intelligent Mistakes: Grammar Supplement for Latin Americans Writing in English (1991)
The Irish Soldiers of Mexico: A History of the San Patricio Battalion (1997)
Los Soldados Irlandeses de México. Trans. by Clever Chávez Marín. (1998)
A Writers Manual for Inmates in Correctional Institutions (2001)
Teaching from the Heart: Working At International Schools in Latin America (2003)
Savage Capitalism: Latin America in the Third Millennium (2010)
Newport: A Writer’s Beginnings (2012)

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Fallen Angels

-Viña del Mar, Chile

Ascend those hills away from glitz of Malecón and Casino
where streets tangle around themselves and stone buildings
built by Spaniards still stained with blood
hold the damp and mold of age-old conquest.
Teens spill out of noisy antros and climb cobblestone hills
watched by bouncers with swollen arms and faces cold as gargoyles.
Below the looming bulk of El Castillo

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