Brenda Hillman

Brenda Hillman is the author of ten collections of poetry, all published by Wesleyan University Press, the most recent of which are Extra Hidden Life, Among the Days, which won the Northern California Book Award for poetry; and Seasonal Works With Letters on Fire, which received the Griffin International Poetry Prize in 2014 for the best book of poetry published in English the previous year. Hillman has also published three chapbooks: Coffee Three A.M, Autumn Sojourn, and The Firecage; edited an edition of Emily Dickinson’s poetry for Shambhala Publications; and, with Patricia Dienstfrey, co-edited The Grand Permission: New Writings on Poetics and Motherhood. With Garrett Caples and Paul Ebenkamp, she edited Richard O. Moore’s Particulars of Place (Omnidawn). Named by Poets and Writers magazine as one of “Fifty Inspiring Writers,” she was awarded the Academy of American Poets Fellowship for 2012 for Distinguished Poetic Achievement. Hillman participates in nonviolent activism, is a Chancellor for the Academy of American Poets, and serves as the Olivia Filippi Professor of Poetry at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California. In 2021, Hillman will direct the Poetry Program of the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley.

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