Brenda Hillman

Brenda Hillman

About Brenda Hillman

Brenda Hillman is an American poet born in Tucson, Arizona, in 1951. She published her first book of poetry, Coffee, 3 A.M. in 1982. Three years after, Hillman published her second volume of poetry, White Dress. Over the next decade, Hilman published four more books of poetry: Fortress (1989), Death Tractates (1992), Bright Existence (1993), and Loose Sugar (1997). She has edited and coedited numerous volumes of poetry and prose, and is the author of twelve collections of poetry from Wesleyan University Press, including Practical Water, for which she won the LA Times Book Award for Poetry, Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire, which received the 2014 Griffin Poetry Prize and the Northern California Book Award for Poetry, and Extra Hidden Life, Among the Days, (2018) which was awarded the Northern California Book Award for Poetry and In a Few Minutes Before Later (2022). She is a Chancellor Emerita at the Academy of American Poets, teaches at Saint Mary's College of California, and directs the Poetry Week at Community of Writers. In 2016, she was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. Her first book of prose essays, Three Talks, will be published by University of Virginia Press in spring 2023.
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