Hooper has lived in Gastonia, North Carolina, since 2006. Her latest book includes imagery celebrating the natural beauty of the state and reflecting upon some of the experiences involved in relocating from her longtime home in Michigan.
Hooper explains that North Carolina is directly present in many of the poems. “Many take place in Gastonia, where I live, or nearby in the Blue Ridge Mountains,” she says.
The Brockman-Campbell Award this year was judged by Lola Haskins, author of fourteen collections of poetry, including most recently Asylum, published in the Pitt Poetry Series from the University of Pittsburgh Press. Haskins divides her time between residences in Gainesville, Florida, and Skipton, Yorkshire, in England.
Patricia Hooper’s book, published in October 2019 by the University of Tampa Press, is available from Amazon or directly from the UTPress at this link.