Peter Hoffman was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan. After completing his M.A. TESOL at Michigan State University in 1989, he taught English for three years at the Japan Center for Michigan Universities in Shiga, Japan. In 1992, Peter and his family moved to New York City, where they lived in Elmhurst, Queens – a neighborhood described by National Geographic magazine as the most ethnically diverse community in the world. For the next 17 years, Peter taught ESL at the City University of New York. In his free time, Peter likes to be with his family, take long walks, play chess, read, and sometimes just to sit and think (which his wife calls doing nothing).