Brenda Hillman

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Brenda Hillman
Brenda Hillman.jpg
Born 1951
Tucson, Arizona
Occupation professor
Nationality American
Alma mater Pomona College,
Iowa Writers' Workshop.
Genre Poetry
Spouse Leonard Michaels,
Robert Hass

Brenda Hillman (born 1951 in Tucson, Arizona), is an American poet.[1]


She was educated at Pomona College, and received her M.F.A. at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She is the Olivia Filippi Professor of Poetry at Saint Mary's College in Moraga, California.[2] She also taught during a residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts.[3]

Hillman met the writer Leonard Michaels (1933-2003) in Iowa City in 1975, they were married in Berkeley in 1976, which ended in divorce in the late 1980s. They had a daughter together.[4][5] Currently, she is married to the poet Robert Hass.



  • Northern Californian Women, Caffine destiny, Spring 2008
  • Doppler Effect in Diagram Three, Carol Peters, January 13, 2009
  • Split Tractate, Richie, Berkeley, 2001.11.7
  • Walking the Dunes, The Poetry Foundation, Poetry (May 1977)
  • Charles Wright, David Lehman, eds. (2008). "Phone Booth". The Best American poetry. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 978-0-7432-9974-9. 



  • The Firecage (Penumbra Press, 2000)
  • Autumn Sojourn (Em Press, 1995)
  • Coffee, 3 A.M. (a+bend press, 1982)



  1. ^ "Brenda Hillman- - Poetry, Poems, Bios & More". Retrieved 2014-01-19. 
  2. ^ Brenda Hillman, blueflowerarts
  3. ^ Residency Schedule, atlanticcenterforthearts
  4. ^ "Leonard Michaels". Retrieved 2014-01-19. 
  5. ^ "Leonard Michaels Biography". 1933-01-02. Retrieved 2014-01-19. 
  6. ^ "Book Prizes – Los Angeles Times Festival of Books - April 24th & 25th, 2010 • Ucla Campus". Los Angeles Times. 
  7. ^ "Brenda Hillman - John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation". Retrieved 2014-01-19. 
  8. ^ Levin, Dana (March 20, 2014). "A World in Flames". Boston Review. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 

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