Category Archives: Life

Unopened / Chapter 16 / TN Humanities

Pleased to be featured in Chapter 16, “a community of Tennessee writers, readers, and passersby” set up by Tennessee Humanities.   They featured “Impermanence,“ a selection from my new book, Unopened, along with a plug for my Tuesday, May 7th … Continue reading

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Unopened / Tennessee Jazz and Blues

Nice reviews of Unopened  book continue to roll in, including a great piece by Ron Wynn at Tennessee Jazz and Blues. Always good to be in with the jazzers, particularly in a column inspired by John Coltrane.  Thanks, Ron.  (click on … Continue reading

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“Maps” from Unopened

Here’s an interesting, different kind of ink, which provides analysis of a specific poem, “Maps” from my new book, Unopened.  Enjoy the read (and thanks Hannah) An Analysis of Maps by Doug Hoekstra

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The Sacrifice

A new poem, just in time for baseball season.  But, as with all writing about baseball, it’s about more than the sport.  Enjoy.  Doug The Sacrifice In baseball, it is a mighty thing, to lay the bat horizontal one hand … Continue reading

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Cotton

Pleased to unveil the first published poems of the year, two brand new ones, “Cotton” and “Younger than I” , now up and running at the excellent print and online literary magazine Better than Starbucks Check them out at the … Continue reading

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The Fair Grounds

Lots of bits and bobs getting published these days, and we are chuffed to unveil a new Doug Hoekstra essay, “The Fair Grounds,” in the new edition of Edify Fiction. It’s a Nashville story, layered, with a perfect day at … Continue reading

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No Fear

Happy to have a new essay of mine titled “No Fear,” published in the latest edition of Two Cities Review, a fine literary magazine with roots in Brooklyn and Chicago. As the editors say in their header, this one is … Continue reading

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