Jack Hopper is a poet and editor. He founded and coedited Works: A Quarterly of Writing, has had four published collections of poetry, most recently Rafting the Medusa (2018). He has appeared in several magazines, as well as the 2016 CLB Poetry Anthology, which he coedited. He is a co-founder and editor of Cayuga Lake Books, has served twice as poet laureate of Tompkins County (2015, 2016), and presently is working on a memoir. For more than 50 years he edited academic works for AMS Press, mostly as chief editor, while working as an editor and “book doctor” for literary agents.
Jack Hopper was born in Philadelphia in 1934. He attended Central High School and Muhlenberg College and spent his twenties avoiding obligations. He married Wendy Berzine in 1966 and began his long association with AMS Press in New York City as an editor. He founded the magazine Works: A Quarterly of Writing. His first collection of poetry, Miscellany, appeared in 1962; a second round, The Ympes of Wanton Youthe, came out in 1994, followed by Doubles: Poems 1993-2012. He is partially retired and lives in Ithaca, New York.