Maxine Chernoff

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Maxine Chernoff (born 1952), is an American novelist, writer, poet, academic and literary magazine editor.

She was born in Chicago, Illinois, where she grew up, and attended Illinois University.

She and her husband, Paul Hoover are editors of the annual literary journal New American Writing. Chernoff, her husband, and their three children live in Mill Valley, California.


  • 1 Works
    • 1.1 Novels
    • 1.2 Short stories
    • 1.3 Poetry
  • 2 External links



  • A Boy in Winter (Crown Publishing, 1999; Harper Flamingo Australia, 2000)
  • American Heaven (Coffee House Press, 1996), a finalist for the Bay Area Book Reviewers Award
  • Plain Grief (Summit, 1991; available as e-book from, 2001)

Short stories

  • Some of Her Friends That Year: New & Selected Stories (Coffee House Press, 2002), a finalist for the Bay Area Book Reviewers Award
  • Signs of Devotion: (stories) (Simon & Schuster, 1993) a New York Times Book Review Notable Book for 1993.
  • Bop, stories (Coffee House Press, 1986; Vintage Contemporaries, 1987)


  • World: Poems 1991-2001 (Salt Publications, 2001)
  • Leap Year Day: New & Selected Poems (Another Chicago Press, 1990; Jensen Daniels, 1999)
  • Japan (Avenue B Press, 1988)
  • New Faces of 1952 (Ithaca House, 1985)
  • Utopia TV Store (The Yellow Press, 1979)
  • A Vegetable Emergency, prose poems (Beyond Baroque Foundation, 1976)
  • Apogee Press - Authors
  • Maxine Chernoff Online Works
  • Poem by Maxine Chernoff at Melancholia's Tremulous Dreadlocks
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