On Tuesday, October 8, there will be two chances to meet eco-poet and peace activist Brenda Hillman, named "one of the 50 most inspiring writers in the world," by Poets & Writers Magazine, and hear her recent collection of published poems, Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire. The first event begins at 12:30 pm on the Butte College main campus in the Library's Center for Excellence, 3536 Butte Campus Drive, and the second event takes place at 7:30 p.m. at the 1078 Gallery on Broadway in downtown Chico where Hillman will facilitate conversations on Activism and Art. Both events are free to the public.
Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire (Wesleyan Poetry Series), recently nominated for one of the most prestigious literary awards in the country, the National Book Awards, is the fourth and final subject in Hillman's series on the elements. Earth, air, and water have been addressed in the three previous volumes. Discussions will include fire as a metaphor – in its physical, symbolic, political, and spiritual forms.
Hillman, a recipient of numerous poetry and writing awards for the nine collections of poetry she has authored, was born in Tucson, Arizona, in 1951. She was educated at Pomona College and received her master's degree in fine arts at the University of Iowa. Hillman, whose poetry has been called eclectic, sensuous, and luminescent, says, "It is impossible to put boundaries on your words, even if you make a poem."
Brenda Hillman is currently a professor of poetry at Saint Mary's College in Moraga, CA, and is the director of the master's in fine arts program.