Hillman is the author of nine full-length collections from Wesleyan University Press, the most recent being Practical Water (2009), winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire (2013), which received the International Griffin Poetry Prize for 2014. With Patricia Dienstfrey, she edited The Grand Permission: New Writings on Poetics and Motherhood (Wesleyan, 2003), and has co-translated Poems from Above the Hill by Ashur Etwebi and Instances by Jeongrye Choi. She has also published chapbooks with Penumbra Press, a+bend press and EmPress.
The Olivia C. Filippi Professor of Poetry at St. Mary’s College, she is an activist for social and environmental justice.
Since its initiation in 1981, the Poet-in-Residence program has brought writers of national and international renown for an extended stay during the spring semester. The Poet-in-Residence teaches a master class or meets individually with qualified students, gives a public reading and a lecture or Q&A session, and otherwise serves as an active literary presence on campus. The program honors the achievement of a distinguished poet while providing undergraduate writers the opportunity to work with that poet.