Discipline: Literature – fiction

Cara Hoffman

Discipline: Literature – fiction
Region: New York, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2017, 2022

Cara Hoffman is an American novelist, essayist and editor. She is the author of Running, a New York Times editor's choice, an Esquire Magazine best book of the year, and an Autostraddle best queer and feminist book of the year. She first received national attention in 2011 with the publication of the feminist classic So Much Pretty which sparked a national dialogue on violence and retribution and was named best novel of the year by the New York Times Book Review.

Originally from Northern Appalachia, Hoffman dropped out of high school to work as a newspaper reporter and attend graduate school, receiving an M.F.A. from Goddard College in 2009. She has been awarded an Edward Albee Fellowship and a Cill Rialaig Fellowship, has been a visiting writer at University of Oxford, Columbia, and St. John’s and teaches at the Stonecoast M.F.A. program at University of Southern Maine.

At MacDowell in 2017, she worked on her fourth novel, White Light.



Cara Hoffman worked in the Watson studio.

Built in 1916 in memory of Regina Watson of Chicago, a musician and teacher, this studio was donated by a group of her friends, along with funds for its maintenance. Originally designed to serve as a composers’ studio with room for performance, Watson was used as a recital hall for chamber music for a…

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