Artist StatementI write in order to save myself from the world and the world from itself. In that order.
Matt Hohner, a Baltimore native, holds an M.F.A. in Writing and Poetics from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including The Baltimore Review, September Eleven: Maryland Voices, The Potomac (online), Lily (online), The Mom Egg Review, Truck (online), Rattle: Poets Respond, The Moth, The Irish Times, and Free State Review. His chapbook States was published by Third Ear Books. Hohner’s poems have won the Oberon Prize for Poetry, the 2015 Lascaux Prize in Poetry, the Sport Literate Anything but Baseball Poetry Prize, taken both third place in, and won, the Maryland Writers Association Poetry Prize, and been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Hohner once won a poetry slam on Whidbey Island, Washington over the phone from Baltimore. His poems have been finalists for the Sow’s Ear Poetry Review Poetry Prize, the Cobalt Earl Weaver Prize for Baseball Writing, and the Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize in Ireland. Hohner has been a resident at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, made possible by a fellowship from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation. He has new work forthcoming in an as-yet-untitled anthology of poems about small town America, Rise Up Review and Sport Literate magazine. A former high school English teacher, Hohner is an editor of Loch Raven Review and teaches poetry workshops at Creative Alliance. He lives in Baltimore City.