Rick Hillis was a Canadian poet and short story writer.
He graduated from the University of Saskatchewan and the Iowa Writers Workshop, with an MFA. He attended Stanford University as a Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer in fiction writing, and was also a Chesterfield Film Writers’ Fellow at Universal Studios.
He taught creative writing at a number of institutions, including Reed College, Stanford University, Lewis & Clark College, and the University of Oregon. As well, he was on faculty at the University of Iowa’s Summer Writers’ Festival. He began teaching at DePauw University in 2002.
Rick Hillis died on October 8, 2014. 
Raymond Carver territory has an outpost in Saskatchewan, Canada, and that's where Rick Hillis sets the nine stories in this collection, which won the 1990 Drue Heinz Literature Prize. Blue-collar workers and bums, alcoholics and artists, farm hands and nursing-home attendants, teachers and children struggle through a world where winters are long, money is short and dreams tend to come true only in dreams.
- "DePauw Mourns the Passing of English Prof. Rick Hillis". DePaw University. 12 October 2014.
- MICHAEL HARRIS (September 9, 1990). "THE NARRATIVE ARTS - LIMBO RIVER". The Los Angeles Times.