Brenda Hillman Lectures

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Creative Writing Program

Register for these webinars here. The webinars are at 7 p.m. on February 10, 17, and 24.  In three interrelated talks, Brenda Hillman will present “6 M’s”of poetic thinking—Metaphor, Metonymy, Meaning, Mystery, Magic and Morality—to refresh the practice of reading and writing poetry for the general reader as well as for the advanced student of poetry. Written during the year of the pandemic, the talks include examples of contemporary and modern poems, paying special attention to aspects of a great art that are sometimes considered challenging. Brenda Hillman, whose work is eclectic in style and subject matter, will bring reminders of the significance and usefulness of poetry for our time.  Hillman is the author of ten collections of poetry: White Dress, Fortress, Death Tractates, Bright Existence, Loose Sugar, Cascadia, Pieces of Air in the Epic, Practical Water, for which she won the LA Times Book Award for Poetry, Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire,which received the 2014 Griffin Poetry Prize and the Northern California Book Award for Poetry; and her most recent Extra Hidden Life, Among the Days.  In 2016 she was named  Academy of American Poets Chancellor.  Among other awards, Hillman has received are 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.

A recording of the first webinar is available at

We will post the second about 2/25 and the third after 3/3. Register (below) for the webinars to receive those links.