Daniel Hoffman was the seventeenth recipient of the Aiken Taylor Award in Modern American Poetry in 2003, and he served as the Poet Laureate of the United States from 1973 to 1974. Known as "an old-fashioned man of letters," Hoffman penned over a dozen books of poetry, including a collection of sonnets; an epic poem telling the story of the founding of Pennsylvania; and analyses of Paul Bunyan and Edgar Allan Poe. His list of awards is longer than the average arm, and he taught at Columbia University, Swarthmore College (from which he received an honorary degree), and the University of Pennsylvania. He was chancellor emeritus of the Academy of American Poets, and from 1988 to 1999 he served as poet in residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City.
Hoffman was married to Elizabeth McFarland (1922–2005) for fifty-seven years; she was also a poet and served as the poetry editor of Ladies' Home Journal from 1948 to 1961 when the magazine stopped publishing poetry.
Hoffman published pieces in the Sewanee Review from 1953 to 2013, with his last poems appearing in our winter 2013 issue on the literature of war.
In celebration of his life of letters and in thanksgiving for his support, Per Contra has compiled a Festschrift—German for "celebration publication"—of essays and remembrances of Hoffman and his work. Read the Festschrift here.