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John Hoppenthaler To Give Poetry Reading At Ramapo College

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)April 18, 2005

(Mahwah) – A poetry reading by John Hoppenthaler will be given Wednesday, May 4 from 2 – 3:30 p.m. in Room SC-138 on the campus of Ramapo College of New Jersey. The reading is open to the public. The event is co-sponsored by the College’s Office of the President and the AIS Colloquium Series.

Hoppenthaler is author Toni Morrison’s assistant. His first book of poetry, Lives of Water, was published by Carnegie Mellon University Press in 2003. He is currently editing a collection of essays and interviews on the work of Jean Valentine. He received his MFA in poetry writing from Virginia Commonwealth University. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in a number of literary magazines including Ploughshares, The Southern Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Kansas Quarterly, New Letters, Chelsea, Tar River Poetry, Pleiades, the anthologies September 11, 2001: American Writers Respond, the Christian Science Monitor electronic edition and LUNA.

His reviews, interviews and essays regularly appear in such journals as Chelsea, Arts & Letters, The Bellingham Review, Pleiades, and Kestrel, where he is poetry editor. Among his honors are an individual artist grant from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts, a fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, a foreign travel grant from West Virginia University and 19 Pushcart Prize nominations.

For more information about the poetry reading, call Susan Hangen, 201.684.7412.


About Ramapo College

Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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