CARA HOFFMAN is the author of the critically acclaimed novels; Running (a New York Times Editor's Choice, So Much Pretty (New York Times Best Suspense Novel of 2011) and Be Safe I Love You, which was named one of the Five Best Modern War Novels by the Telegraph UK. Her articles and essays have appeared in the New York Times, the Paris Review, Rolling Stone, Electric Literature, Marie Claire, Salon, LitHub and National Public Radio. She is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades including a Folio Prize Nomination and a Sundance Institute Global Filmaking award.

Originally from Northern Appalachia, Ms. Hoffman dropped out of high school and spent the next three years travelling and working in Europe and the Middle East. She did not attend college, and instead became a newspaper reporter covering crime and environmental politics. She later attended graduate school at Goddard College, selling her debut novel So Much Pretty, before receiving an MFA in 2009. 

She has been a visiting writer at Columbia, St. John’s and University of Oxford, and currently teaches in the Stonecoast low residency MFA program at the University of Southern Maine.

She lives in Manhattan with Marc Lepson and is at work on her fourth novel.

photo by Constance Faulk

photo by Constance Faulk