Brenda Hillman


Brenda Hillman is the author of ten collections of poetry from Wesleyan University Press, including Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire (2013), winner of the Griffin International Poetry Prize, and Extra Hidden Life, Among the Days (2018), winner of the Northern California Book Award. Her work has also received the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award for Poetic Innovation and the Academy of American Poets Fellowship. Hillman has edited numerous books, including Brazilian poet Ana Cristina Cesar’s At Your Feet, co-translated with her mother, Helen Hillman. Named by Poets and Writers as one of “Fifty Inspiring Writers,” Hillman is an activist and teaches at Saint Mary’s College of California; she is a mother and grandmother, and is married to poet Robert Hass, with whom she co-directs the Community of Writers Poetry Week. Since 2016, she has served as a Chancellor for the Academy of American Poets.