Hillary Carlip

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Hillary Carlip (born 20 October 1956) is an American author, screenwriter, performance artist, and singer.


Carlip's first book Girl Power: Young Women Speak Out was published in 1995. It was selected by the New York Public Library for inclusion on its prestigious "Best Books for Teens" list, and Hillary appeared on Oprah, a whole show devoted to the book.

Her second book, Zine Scene, which she designed herself and co-wrote with Francesca Lia Block, won an American Library Association Award.[1]

Carlip's third book, the memoir Queen of the Oddballs: And Other True Stories from a Life Unaccording to Plan, is an American Bookseller's Association Book Sense Pick Best Seller, a Lambda Literary Award finalist in two categories (humor and memoir), and was selected by Borders as one of the Best Literary Memoirs of 2006. [2]

Carlip’s fourth book, A la Cart: The Secret Lives of Grocery Shoppers (Virgin Books), received raves including a starred review from Publishers Weekly.

Carlip is the creator, editor and host of the literary website "Fresh Yarn" which hosts works written by a diverse range of writers, performers and personalities.[3] She has also been an NPR commentator, having written and recorded pieces for All Things Considered.[4] With Josh Kilmer-Purcell, Danielle Trussoni, and Maria Dahvana Headley, she is a founding member of The Memoirists Collective, a group that seeks new talent in nonfiction.[5]

As a visual artist, Carlip’s work has been shown at several prominent galleries in LA, NY, and Chicago, and is featured alongside Andy Warhol and Damien Hirst in a museum show called Stocked: Contemporary Art from the Grocery Aisle, traveling to five cities during 2013-2014. She is also included in the show’s catalogue/book (University of Washington Press).

Since 2001, Carlip has had a web production and design company called Fly HC, and she has designed and produced over a thousand award-winning, custom websites for major stars (including Jennifer Aniston), companies large and small, the Australian Government, best-selling authors, web series, films and filmmakers, actors, musicians, artists, non-profits, and more.

From 1999 to 2001 she was Co-President, Founder, and Executive Creative Director of the teen web network VOXXY.[6]

Early in her screenwriting career Carlip's first film script, SKIRTS, co-written with Miss Congeniality co-writer, Katie Ford, sold to Columbia Studios.[7] She has also done script rewrites for animated films for Disney including An Extremely Goofy Movie.

Carlip was also the lead of the "all-girl, all ex-con" band "Angel and the Reruns" and has performed with The Flying Karamazov Brothers.[4]

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • Girl Power: Young Women Speak Out (Warner Books, 1995)
  • Zine Scene (Girl Press, 1999)
  • Queen of the Oddballs: And Other True Stories from a Life Unaccording to Plan (HarperCollins May, 2006)
  • FIRED!: Tales of the Canned, Canceled, Downsized, & Dismissed (Simon and Schuster’s Touchstone Books, 2006)
  • A La Cart:The Secret Lives of Grocery Shoppers (2008)


  1. ^ "American Library Association website". Retrieved February 3, 2010. 
  2. ^ Karpel, Ari (March 16, 2008). "Mistress of Disguise". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 3, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Hillary Carlip—The Oddballs' Queen Bee". Windy City Times. July 19, 2007. Retrieved February 3, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "One-Woman Odd Squad". Phoenix New Times. April 27, 2006. Retrieved February 3, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Memoirists Make Friends on MySpace". Publishers Weekly. June 13, 2006. Retrieved February 3, 2010. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Are Web sites for teenage girls a little too wild ...". CNN. February 4, 2000. Retrieved February 3, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Warner Bros. official website". Retrieved February 3, 2010. 

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