Chris Hoffman is a poet and ecopsychologist with a background in organization development (applied group psychology) and counseling. His poetry has appeared in national publications including Appalachia, The Christian Science Monitor, The Climbing Art, Sea Kayaker, Spiritus, Sufi Journal, and The Chrysalis Reader as well as in the anthologies The Soul Unearthed and EarthLight: Spiritual Wisdom for an Ecological Age.
In addition to his two previous books of poems, Cairns and Realization Point, Chris is the author of The Hoop and the Tree: A Compass for Finding a Deeper Relationship with All Life, a book on psychology, spirituality, and native wisdom. He enjoys performing his poetry both solo and in music and dance collaborations. The Afro-pop band Monkey Siren has recorded his lyrics on two CDs.
As a consultant and counselor, Chris has facilitated human and organization development in a variety of business, educational, and therapeutic settings, most recently specializing in organizations working for a sustainable future. He now does occasional consulting while devoting most of his time to poetry and to volunteer work related to keeping a livable climate.
Chris is a long-time student of Zen and tai chi and is interested in traditional healing practices and sacred dance. His wilderness experience includes backpacking, mountaineering, and river running. He lives with his wife in Boulder, Colorado. They have one son. (For more information, visit www.hoopandtree.org.)