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Brenda Hillman has published seven collections of poetry, all from Wesleyan University Press, the most recent of which are Loose Sugar (1997), Cascadia (2001), and Pieces of Air in the Epic (2005), which won the 2005 William Carlos Williams Prize for Poetry. She has also published three chapbooks: Coffee, 3 A.M. (Penumbra Press, 1982), Autumn Sojourn (Em Press, 1995), and The Firecage (a+bend press, 2000), has 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 (2003).
Hillman serves on the faculty of Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, California, where she is the Olivia C. Filippi Professor of Poetry. She is also involved in non-violent activism as a member of the Code Pink, a social justice peace group.