Poet, Writer, Educator


HOLLIE HARDY can teach you how to survive anything. Winner of the 2016 Poetry Center Book Award, her first collection of poetry, How to Take a Bullet, And Other Survival Poems has titles ruthlessly appropriated from The Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook, and is available here from Punk Hostage Press (2014).

She is an English instructor at Berkeley City College and former lecturer at San Francisco State University, where she also received her Masters of Fine Arts in Poetry. She is the Poetry Department Chair at the SF Creative Writing Institute, where she also teaches Poetry Workshops.

An active participant in the local Bay Area literary scene, Hardy hosts the popular monthly reading series, Saturday Night Special, An East Bay Open Mic. She is a co-founder of the Beast Crawl Literary Festival in Oakland, curator and co-host of Pairings for the Senses, at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, and a former Editor-in-Chief of Fourteen Hills: The SFSU Review.

Her work has appeared in MiGoZine, Oakland Review, Fourteen Hills, Something Worth Revising, Ekphrastic CaliforniaRed Light Lit, Eleven Eleven, sPARKLE & bLink,The Common, A Sharp Piece of Awesome, Parthenon West Review, One Ded Cow, Samizdat, Transfer, Milvia Street, and other journals.

She lives in Oakland, California. Write to holliehardy@gmail.com if you want to give her money.  

Go here to read an interview and see a video with Hollie Hardy for Evan Karp's The Write Stuff, a regular Litseen column in the SF Weekly.