This Goodly Land

Roy Hoffman (June 23, 1953–present)

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Biographical Information

Roy Hoffman was born and grew up in Mobile, Ala. He began writing as a teenager and contributed to his high school literary magazine. Hoffman attended Tulane University, where he wrote for the college newspaper and began keeping a journal. After earning his baccalaureate degree in English in 1975, Hoffman moved to New York, living in Manhattan and Brooklyn for the next twenty years. He worked for New York Magazine, wrote grant proposals for the WNET-13 public television station, and worked for then-Governor Mario M. Cuomo. He also taught writing workshops and wrote freelance articles and book reviews. His first book, Almost Family, was published in 1983. Hoffman returned to Mobile in 1996 to become “writer-in-residence” for the Mobile Press-Register. Since his return, he has published a collection of essays and a second novel. Hoffman and his family live in Fairhope.

Interests and Themes

Roy Hoffman’s fiction is based on his family and on the Southern Jewish experience. His novel Chicken Dreaming Corn is a fictional version of the story of his Romanian immigrant grandparents and is set in Mobile. Back Home is a collection of nonfiction essays about southern Alabama.

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Last updated on May 30, 2008.

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