Jay Hopler was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 1970 and has earned degrees from Purdue University (Ph.D., American Studies), The Iowa Writers' Workshop (M.F.A., Creative Writing/Poetry), The Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars (M.A., Creative Writing/Poetry), and New York University (B.A., English and American Literature). His poetry, essays, and translations have appeared, or are forthcoming, in numerous magazines and journals including American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, The New Republic, The New Yorker, and Slate.
Louise Glück chose his book of poems, Green Squall (Yale University Press, 2006), as the winner of the 2005 Yale Series of Younger Poets Award. Green Squall also received the 2007 Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award, a 2007 National “Best Books” Award from USA Book News, a 2006 Florida Book Award, and a 2006 ForeWord Magazine Book-of-the-Year Award. He has been also the recipient of a Fellowship from the Lannan Foundation, a Whiting Writers' Award from the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation, and a Rome Fellowship in Literature (The Joseph Brodsky Rome Prize, a Gift from the Drue Heinz Trust) from the American Academy of Arts and Letters/the American Academy in Rome.
The Killing Spirit: An Anthology of Murder-for-Hire, his first book, was published in the United States and Europe by The Overlook Press and Canongate Books in 1996. His most recent book, Before the Door of God: An Anthology of Devotional Poetry (edited with Kimberly Johnson), was published by Yale University Press in October, 2013. McSweeney's will publish his next book of poetry, The Abridged History of Rainfall, on November 15, 2016. Also in 2016, Poetry International will publish as a translation portfolio The Museum of Small Dark Things: 25 Poems of Georg Trakl. He lives in Tampa and teaches in the writing program at the University of South Florida.
Longlisted: 2016 National Book Award in Poetry