Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing

Cara Hoffman

Fiction, Popular Fiction

Office Location

Stonecoast MFA Office - 98 Bedford Street, Portland, ME 04102


Stonecoast Office: 207-780-4423

Academic Degrees

  • MFA, Goddard


Cara Hoffman is the author of Running, a New York Times Editor's Choice, an Esquire Magazine Best Book of 2017, and an Autostraddle Best Queer and Feminist Book of 2017. She first received national attention in 2011 with the publication of So Much Pretty which sparked a national dialogue on violence and retribution and was named Best Suspense Novel of the year by the New York Times Book Review.Her second novel, Be Safe I Love You, was nominated for a Folio Prize, and named one of the Five Best Modern War Novels by the Telegraph UK. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, The Paris Review, Bookforum, BOMB, Rolling Stone, The Daily Beast, and on NPR, among others. A Macdowell Fellow and an Edward Albee Fellow, she has been a visiting writer at University of Oxford, St. John's and Goddard College. She is also the author of the classic children’s novels Bernard Pepperlin and The Ballad of Tubs Marshfield. She lives in Athens, Greece.

Areas of Scholarship

American Literature

Transgressive Literature



Recent Publications

Dream of No Nation, Daily Beast

Running, Simon and Schuster, 2017

Vanishing Point, Paris Review, 2017

Be Safe I Love You, Simon and Schuster, 2014

The Things She Carried, New York Times, 2014

So Much Pretty, Simon and Schuster, 2011

You Must Read This, NPR, 2011

Creative Activity

Currently at work on White Light, a novel about AIDS, drugs and gentrification in New York City.

Contributing essayist for exhibition catalog of work by Berenice Abbott for the Fundacion

MAPFRE's retrospective in Barcelona. Contributing author for KINK, an anthology of literary fiction about power, agency and consent to be published by Simon and Schuster, summer 2020.

Creator of One Day Novel, a collaborative anthology of genre writing.

Awards and Recognition

2018 Edward Albee Fellowship

2017 Macdowell Fellowship

2017 New York Times Editors Choice

2017 Esquire Magazine Best Book of the Year

2017 Entertainment Weekly Best New Book

2017 Autostraddle Best Queer and Feminist Book of the Year

2015 Sundance Institute Global Film Making Award

2014 Folio Prize Nomination

2014 Best Modern War Novel, Telegraph UK

2012 Dagger Award Finalist

2011 New York Times Best Suspense Novel of the Year