Loyola University Chicago

Writing Program

Nathan Hoks

Adjunct Instructor



I have published three books of poems -- Nests in Air, Reveilles, and The Narrow Circle, as well as several chapbooks of poems and/or translations. In 2018 I was a poet-in-residence at the Tomaž Šalamun Poetry Center in Ljubljana, and I have also held residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and the Millay Colony for the Arts. I occasionally work as an editor and letterpress printer for Convulsive Editions, a press I co-founded in 2011. In addition to my work at Loyola, I teach creative writing at the University of Chicago and in the MFA in Writing program at the School of the Art Institute. I split my service work between my passions for poetry and for environmentally-sustainable, socially-inclusive transportation. In that capacity, I volunteer as an editor and advocate for the Active Transportation Alliance, an organization in Chicago that promotes equitable and sustainable transportation options.

My teaching philosophy has a dual mission: to help students master specific learning content in an inclusive, student-centered classroom, while also engaging them in skills and reflections that will enhance their lives outside of school. As the poet Robert Hass writes, “A poetry that makes fresh and resilient forms extends the possibilities of being alive.” The more we engage with the specifics of a poem’s form, the more we experience a unique, resilient moment of life. Similarly, in my core writing courses, students work to master “fresh and resilient forms” of argument that not only help them succeed in their college courses, but enhance their ability to act as engaged citizens throughout their lives.


  • BA, Loyola University Chicago
  • MFA, University of Iowa
  • MA, University of Wisconsin Madison


  • Tomaž Šalamun Prize, Verse Magazine, 2017
  • Best of the Net Nominee, for poems published by Matter Monthly, 2016
  • Winner, National Poetry Series, 2012
  • Winner, Crashaw Prize, Salt Publishing, 2009
  • Linda Hull Memorial Poetry Prize, Crazyhorse, 2003



  • Nests in Air. Boston: Black Ocean Press, 2021.
  • Moony Days of Being. North Hampton, MA: Factory Hollow Press, 2018.
  • The Narrow Circle. New York: Penguin, 2013.
  • Reveilles. Cambridge: Salt Publishing, 2010.
  • Huidobro, Vicente. Arctic Poems (translations). Claremont, CA: Toad Press, 2010.
  • Birds Mistaken as Wind. Iowa City, IA: Rhyming Orange Press, 2003.

Articles / Reviews:

  • “Review of Returning the Sword to the Stone by Mark Leidner,” The Hong Kong Review of Books, 2021.
  • “Identity and Digression: Notes on Apposition in Lyric Poetry,” The Writer’s Chronicle, November 2020.
  • “Review of Non-Existent Facts by Loren Goodman,” The Hong Kong Review of Books, December 2018.
  • “Review of Lunch Portraits by Debora Kuan,” The Colorado Review, 2018.
  • “Farnoosh Fathi’s Segmentary Poetics: Review of Great Guns,” Queen Mob’s Teahouse, January 2015.
  • “Huidobro’s Auto-Translations and the Kinship of Languages,” Pusteblume 5, 2014 “Paul Hoover’s Idea,” Octopus Magazine, 2006.


  • Henri Michaux, “The Slowed Down,” in The Lyrical Subject, by Varja Balžalorsky Antić, Peter Lang International Academic Publishers, 2022.
  • Vicente Huidobro, “New Year,” “Midnight,” and “The Sad Man,” Pusteblume 5, 2014.
  • Christian Dotremont, “in winter a Lapland day…,” “When I arrive in Ivalo, Dorado, 2010 Christian Dotremont, “Our thought is different from the animals…,” special edition broadside, Dorado Press, 2010.
  • Christian Dotremont, “In Tervuren the taxi…,” Circumference, 2008.
  • Christian Dotremont, Nine Logograms Christian Dotremont 68º37’ latitude nord. Didiez Devillez, Brussels, 2008—translations contributed to a catalogue of Dotremont’s art and writing.
  • Christian Dotremont, Five Logogrammes, eXchanges, 2008