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Preston Hornbeck

Making Poetry a Lifestyle

In 2019 Preston Hornbeck quit his desk job, took to the road with a pen and a bleeding heart, and embarked on a search for his own sense of home within. 

Hornbeck's journey towards closure and resolve was well captured, and vulnerably shared, in his first published body of work, State Lines, a collection of poems penned in cities around the world and published in 2020.

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“Poetry is a life-cherishing force. For poems are not words, after all, but fires for the cold, ropes let down to the lost, something as necessary as bread in the pockets of the hungry.”
― Mary Oliver


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It’s rare to find such vulnerability put so eloquently. Highly recommend.

- Paul T.

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In 2022, Hornbeck's second work of poetry was released. Speaking with a gentle tone, but a strong conviction for the holiness of life, Hornbeck has a way of coming alongside readers in the woods of difficult emotions and guiding them into the light of hope. However, it is his level of honesty and authenticity that has resonated with readers around the world. 

Currently, Hornbeck resides in his hometown of McKinney, Texas, where he continues to write, and now helps others in their pursuit of publishing poetry.


Hornbeck derives most of his poetical inspiration from his relationships with God, humanity, and nature, and is set to release his third book of poetry in the fall of 2024.

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