CARA HOFFMAN is the author of the critically acclaimed novels; RunningSo Much Pretty and Be Safe I Love You, which was named one of the Five Best Modern War Novels by the Telegraph UK. She has written for the New York Times, Paris Review, Rolling Stone, Electric Literature, Marie Claire, Salon, LitHub and National Public Radio, and is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades for her work including a MacDowell Fellowship, a New York Times Editor's Choice, and a Folio Prize Nomination.

Originally from Northern Appalachia, Ms. Hoffman dropped out of high school and spent the next three years traveling and working in Europe and the Middle East. She did not attend college, and instead became a newspaper reporter covering crime and environmental politics. Later, she 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 Goddard College 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