Justin Hocking served as Executive Director of the Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC) from 2006 to mid-2014, and is highly active in creative community-building, small-press publishing, and the increasing synthesis of book arts with literary pursuits. His memoir, The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld, won the 2015 Oregon Book Award for Creative Nonfiction. Wonderworld was also a Barnes and Nobel Discover Great New Writers selection, a Library Journal "Best Books of 2014" pick, and one of "Ten Brilliant Books That Will Grab You From Page One" in The Huffington Post and Kirkus Reviews. He is a recipient of the Willamette Writers' 2014 Humanitarian Award for his work in publishing, writing and teaching, and was named as one of "Ten Writers Who Made Portland" by Willamette Week. His nonfiction and fiction have appeared in the Rumpus, Orion Magazine, The Normal School, Portland Review, The Portland Noir Anthology, Tin House online, Poets & Writers Magazine, Swap/Concessions, Rattapallax, and elsewhere. He also serves as a contributing editor for the journals Big Big Wednesday and The Normal School.
He is a co-founder, with A.M. O'Malley, of the IPRC's yearlong Certificate Program in Creative Writing, which pairs advanced writing workshops with intensive instruction in letterpress printing, book arts, graphic design, and printing. He is also a co-founder and lead instructor of the Wilderness Writing Concentration—a unique course of study that blends graduate-level writing instruction with immersive wilderness excursions via Eastern Oregon University's low residency MFA program. He was a Visiting Faculty member in Create Writing at Evergreen State College in 2016/17, and currently teaches creative nonfiction in the undergraduate and MFA programs at Portland State University.
Justin holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Colorado State University, and has participated in residencies at Sitka Center For Art and Ecology, and Signal Fire. He is the recipient of a 2015 Oregon Literary Fellowship and four Regional Arts and Culture Council Project Grant awards. He lives in Portland, Oregon.