Poet Brenda Hillman, 4th floor Wilson Library

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Monday, October 28, 2013 - 4:00pm

Poet and activist Brenda Hillman

Monday, October 28 at 4 p.m. in the Library Reading Room (4th floor of Wilson Library)


Hillman is the author of nine collections of poems, and has been a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Recently she has won the 2012 Academy of American Poets Fellowship, the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and the William Carlos Williams Award, and her brand new book SEASONAL WORKS WITH LETTERS ON FIRE was named to the longlist for this year's National Book Award.  Poets and Writers Magazine has recently named her one of the "fifty most inspiring authors in the world." Hillman's work is deeply informed by linguistic experimentation and is also steeped in her political activism on behalf of environmental, feminist, and peace causes.  As one of the leading figures in American ecopoetics, her work should appeal to a wide variety of students throughout the college and university.  Please announce the reading to your classes.


". . . She is audacious--politically, spiritually, and intellectually audacious... Her last four collections have been couched as explorations into the voices of realities of four earthly elements . . .  Her vision is spiritual and ecological... The poet's characteristically inventive interfacing of political realities and ecological concerns stamps her work with an imaginative vitality... Hillman holds a special place in contemporary poetry, one of probing insight and radiant nerve."

--Tony Hoagland, American Poetry Review


"Linguistically, spatially, politically, emotionally, Brenda Hillman's brilliant poems are some of the most thrilling poems we have. Our I.Q.s and our Heart Q.s rise when we read her. Each line, each poem, each book, extraordinarily fresh and original, is minted alive before our eyes." —Sharon Olds