HOFFMAN is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Running, So Much Pretty and Be Safe I Love You. She has written for the New York Times, The Paris Review, Electric Literature, Marie Claire, Salon, LitHub and National Public Radio, and is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades including a Folio Prize nomination, and a Sundance Institute Global Filmmaking Award, and a MacDowell Fellowship.
Originally from Northern Appalachia, Hoffman dropped out of high school and spent the next three years travelling and working in Europe and the Middle East. She did not go to college, became a newspaper reporter covering crime and environmental politics, and later attended graduate school at Goddard College, selling her first 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.