Lynn HoggardWriting seems a way to see with words—a process that fascinates me. Always, I’m trying to see bigger, better, more deeply, more precisely, more wholly. Poetry is my way there.

Growing up in the deep South marked me indelibly, as did the three years I spent in France as a teacher and Ph.D. candidate in comparative literature. Translation then became a way to play with words across languages. Teaching has not only helped me communicate with and about language (French and English). It has continued to educate me about the richness of human culture to the degree that I sometimes think my writing is a dialogue with writers across time.

When not reading or writing, I’m often cooking, doing Pilates, or hiking the Sangre de Cristo mountains of northern New Mexico, where my husband and I spend several months of summer in our small cabin 9,300 feet up.