Amy B. Hoffman Audio


  • Dot and Ralfie - A Reading from a Novel in Progress

    Amy Hoffman, M.F.A., Editor-in-Chief, Women's Review of Books

    Lunchtime Seminar April 21, 2016 (25:26 min.)

    4 21 LSS Amy HoffmanIn her April 21, 2016 lunchtime seminar, Amy Hoffman, M.F.A. read selections from her novel in progress Dot and Ralfie, which centers on a lesbian couple in their late sixties, who are facing some of the dilemmas of aging. When the book opens, Ralfie is recovering from a complicated knee replacement. Since her job requires strength and mobility – she works for the Department of Public Works – her knee problem threatens to force her into retirement. She and Dot may also have to consider moving, since they live in a third-floor walkup. They’re figuring out what these kinds of changes mean for their relationship to each other, to their families, and to their lesbian community.

    Amy Hoffman, M.F.A. is editor-in-chief of the Women’s Review of Books (WRB), which is published by the Wellesley Centers for Women in collaboration with Old City Publishing in Philadelphia. She is a member of the creative nonfiction faculty at Pine Manor College's MFA program. A writer and community activist, she has been an editor at Gay Community News (GCN), South End Press, and the Unitarian Universalist World magazine. Hoffman is the author of three memoirs—Lies about My Family; An Army of Ex-Lovers: My Life at the Gay Community News; and Hospital Time.

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  • Amy Hoffman, M.F.A.: A Reading from a chapter of Hoffman's Novel-in-progress, The Off Season


    Lunchtime Seminar October 10, 2013 (20:31 min.)

    ahoffmanIn this presentation, Amy Hoffman, editor-in-chief of Women's Review of Books, read an excerpt from her forthcoming novel, The Off Season. The novel is set in the lesbian community in Provincetown, Massachusetts. It's about relationships coming together and falling apart, art, environmentalism, and mid-life crises. 


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  • Amy Hoffman, MFA: Reclaiming LGBT History for the LGBT Movement


    Lunchtime Seminar October 11, 2012 (38:42 min.)

    Reclaiming and reframing history has been even more important for the LGBT movement than it has been for other identity-based movements--because our history and culture is not passed down to us by our families, communities, or the larger culture. In this talk, Amy Hoffman, MFA, examined the recovery, content, and use of LGBT history by LGBT activists and scholars. A writer and community activist, Hoffman has been an editor at Gay Community News (GCN), South End Press, and the Unitarian Universalist World magazine. She has served on the boards of GCN, Sojourner, Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD), and the Boston Lesbian and Gay History Project and as a judge of the Lambda Literary Awards.

    Hoffman’s memoir, Hospital Time, about taking care of friends with AIDS, was published by Duke University Press in 1997. It was short-listed for the American Library Association Gay Book Award and the New York Publishing Triangle Judy Grahn Award, and was a New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age selection. Her memoir An Army of Ex-Lovers, about Boston's Gay Community News and the lesbian and gay movement of the late 1970s, was published by the University of Massachusetts Press. Her memoir, Lies about My Family, is forthcoming from the University of Massachusetts Press in spring 2013. 

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  • Amy Hoffman, MFA: "Spinning," a reading from a chapter of my family memoir, "Lies about My Family"


    Lunchtime Seminar March 8, 2012 (34:11 min.)

    Amy Hoffman, MFA, editor-in-chief of Women's Review of Books, read excerpts from her forthcoming memoir, Lies About My Family. The book deals with issues of continuity and discontinuity between generations, immigration, and family bonds. Amy is also the author of Hospital Time, about taking care of friends with AIDS, was published by Duke University Press in 1997, and An Army of Ex-Lovers, about Boston's Gay Community News and the lesbian and gay movement of the late 1970s, was published by the University of Massachusetts Press.

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  • Amy Hoffman, M.F.A.: Lies about My Family: A Memoir


    (October 29, 2009)
    26:29 min.

    Lies about My Family is a memoir in progress about Amy Hoffman (M.F.A.)'s grandparents’ immigration in the early 20th century to the U.S. from Jewish villages in what are now Ukraine and Belarus. Based on historical research, oral histories, photographs, and Hoffman's own memories, the book explores their lives, values, and experiences, and the effects of those down the generations. Hoffman is interested in the stories we tell, the stories we don’t tell, the facts and the truths we make of them.

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