Justin Hocking was raised in Colorado and California and has been avidly involved in skateboarding and surfing for over twenty years. His work has appeared in the Rumpus, Orion, Thrasher, The Normal School, the Portland Review, Portland Noir and elsewhere. His memoir, The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld, was published by Graywolf Press in September 2014. Wonderworld was a Barnes and Nobel Discover Great New Writers selection, and named as one of "Ten Brilliant Books That Will Grab You From Page One" by The Huffington Post and Kirkus Reviews. In 2014, Hocking was awarded a Willamette Writers' Humanitarian Award for his work in publishing, writing and teaching, and also selected as one of "Ten Writers Who Made Portland" by Willamette Week. He is a cofounder, with A.M. O'Malley, of the yearlong Certificate Program in Creative Writing at the Independent Publishing Resource Center, and also teaches in the Wilderness Writing MFA program at Eastern Oregon University. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
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