Trish Hopkinson is a poet, blogger, and advocate for the literary arts. You can find her online at SelfishPoet.com and provisionally in Utah, where she runs the regional poetry group Rock Canyon Poets and folds poems to fill Poemball machines for Provo Poetry. Her poetry has been published in several lit mags and journals, including Tinderbox, Glass Poetry Press, and The Penn Review; her third chapbook Footnote was published by Lithic Press in 2017, and her most recent e-chapbook Almost Famous was published by Yavanika Press in 2019. She is currently finalizing edits on her first full-length poetry manuscript entitled A Godless Ascends to submit to presses and contests before the end of the year. Hopkinson will happily answer to labels such as atheist, feminist, and empty nester; and enjoys traveling, live music, and craft beer.
Why do I call myself a selfish poet? Why do I do what I do?
Originally, the term selfish poet came from a poem/essay I wrote about coming back to poetry after a long break. I found that I am just not as content with my life without a creative writing outlet. From there, my “selfishness” turned into more self-awareness and self-care. That is to say, by giving back to the literary community, I’m giving back to myself and nurturing the creative writing that is so important to me. Participating in the writing/poetry community is how I take care of me, i.e. Selfish Poet.
What others are saying about my site…
“Poet Trish Hopkinson posts submission calls regularly on her blog, focusing specifically on markets that don't require a submission fee and/or pay writers for their work. The blog also features editor interviews and guest posts by journal editors.”–Submittable Blog
” . . . wholly uncategorizable, Trish Hopkinson's website is a veritable wealth of writing and publishing resources all year long, including loads of no-fee journals to submit to. Her interviews with journal editors help make my submissions targeted and in line with what the journal is looking for. She also offers prompts and inspiration. This is my go-to for when I'm stalled out and need a push.”–Amanda Moore, Contributing Poetry Editor at Women's Voices for Change
"Trish Hopkinson may describe herself as a ‘selfish poet,’ but her site is an indispensable community hub for poetry lovers, with news and event listings, writing resources, and much more (including her own poems, of course)."–WordPress Discover feature
“I wanted to thank you again for running the feature on Paper Dragon back in July. We received over 650 submissions from across the globe!”–Bill Vargo, Paper Dragon
“Thank you, Trish Hopkinson, for providing a strong online platform for poets to commune and share perspectives. You bring the village “–Marj Hahne, Writer/Editor/Teacher
“My choice for this week’s Writer of the Week: Trish Hopkinson! She is a bit of a walking revolution; I found Trish through various online women’s writers’ groups. Ms. Hopkinson’s enthusiasm and talent for poetry, is boundless.”–Lisa Nanette Allender
"From event listings to calls for submissions, @trishhopkinson's site is a poets' paradise"–WordPress Discover tweet
"Another layer, perhaps, of the ‘Selfish Poet’ is the honest admission that literary success is measured not only through the development of craft but also the publication, dissemination, and appreciation of one's work. Hopkinson's site is a generous guide to pursuing all of these goals." –Emily Jaeger, Features Editor of Woven Tale Press
“Although her tagline is ‘A Selfish Poet,’ she may be the most unselfish blogger I have come across. In fact, if the motto of my state's writer's association is ‘writers helping writers,’ Hopkinson's motto could easily be ‘poets helping poets.'” —Bryan Pitchford, poet