Jill Hoffman studied with Paul Feeley at Bennington College and, after a considerable hiatus, also with many painters at The New School, where she taught writing. She has a B.A. from Bennington College, an M.A. from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in Literature from Cornell University. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and is the Founding Editor of Mudfish, a journal of poetry, art and fiction. Her art is on the cover of many Mudfish and Mudfish Individual Poet Series, as well as appearing on the covers of several books by other presses. She has shown in Tribeca Open Artist Studio Tour (TOAST) and related venues; as well as in Tri-Window at 184 Franklin Street. Her paintings are in many private collections.
She is a writer as well as a painter and has two books of poems, Mink Coat (Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1973) and black diaries (Box Turtle Press, 2000); a novel, Jilted, was published by Simon & Schuster in 1993. The Gates of Pearl, a book-length poem, has just been published by Box Turtle Press and Time and Hair, a collection of short stories, is forthcoming. She leads the Mudfish Writing Workshop in her studio in New York.