September 10, 2018

Brenda Hillman, poet Brenda Hillman, poetAcclaimed poet Brenda Hillman will read from a selection of her works as part of the Seavey Reading Series at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 24 in Weber Chapel Auditorium at Susquehanna University.

The event is free and open to the public.

Hillman has published 10 collections of poetry, all from Wesleyan University Press. In her latest, EXTRA HIDDEN LIFE, AMONG THE DAYS (2018), she demonstrates how poetry builds beauty from grief and understanding from the magical. In their list of “50 of the Most Inspiring Authors in the World,” Poets & Writers states, “[Hillman] reminds us that the language we use when ordering a sandwich is also the language we use to make art. Her environmental concerns prove writers can offer more than just aesthetic pleasure.”

Hillman has been increasingly interested in the innovative and experimental lyric traditions, particularly in how the Romantic concepts of nature and spirit have manifested in contemporary ecological and political poetry. The 2016 Academy of American Poets Chancellor, Hillman’s other awards include the 2012 Academy of American Poets Fellowship, the 2005 William Carlos Williams Prize for poetry, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. Hillman is the Olivia C. Filippi professor of poetry at St. Mary’s College, Moraga, Calif.