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Biography

Tobey Hiller is a writer of poetry, ficton and flash.



Hiller writes in multiple forms. Her poetry, short fiction and flash have appeared in many journals and magazines, national & international, including among others: Able Muse, Ambush, Askew, Brief, Caliban, Canary, Five Fingers Review, Mediterranean Poetry, Milkweed Chronicle, North Coast Literary Review, Poetry Flash, The Racket, Sisyphus,HCE, Shotglass Journal, the Fabulist:Words & Art, Sisyphus, Spillway, Unlikely Stories and others, as Broadsides by Oyez; and in anthologies such as RESURGENT:NEW WRITING BY WOMEN; THROUGH THE MILL, LEFT-HAND MAPS:SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA POETS;  LITERATURE AND ITS WRITERS, and most recently FIRE AND RAIN:ECOPOETRY OF CALIFORNIA (Scarlet Tanager Press, 2018) and THE WILD (MPC Anthology, 2019).

 

Her novel CHARLIE'S EXIT (EdgeWork Books) was published in 2002. A review said: "Hiller manages her conclusion with a skill that is admirable in a first novel. She shows generous abundance in CHARLIE'S EXIT, lively imagination and subtle finesse . . . This is a novel that will long stay in the reader's mind, a vivid and arresting experience."(Bob Williams, "The Compulsive Reader.")

 

She is the author of four books of poetry: CROSSINGS (Oyez), CERTAIN WEATHERS (Oyez),  AQUEDUCT (Clear Mt. Press,with drawings by the artist Joanna Axtmann); her latest book is CROW MIND (Finishing Line Press, June 2020). She has broad interests. She writes both about the natural world and the current threats to our ecosystem and about relationships and daily life. She sees community, urban life and history as parts of our complex environment. Her poetry, haunting and lyrical, sensuous and cerebral, creates a vivid dialogue between the self and the world, both animate and inanimate, that speaks to us all. The Bay Area poet Don Schenker described her poetry as "in a word, world-class." The late David Meltzer said of her poetry "...[this] is the lyric of accomplished grace and concern, the poems insist their music against the ongoing emptying-out of language our era contends with daily."

 

Her poems have been awarded magazine honors. 

Her story The Seventh Blue was a finalist for the 2009 REYNOLDS PRICE SHORT FICTION AWARD and can be read or heard on-line at Able.Muse.com. https://www.ablemuse.com/v7/fiction/tobey-hiller/seventh-blue

Her  story Splinter was short-listed for the first LOS ALTOS - LISTOWEL SHORT FICTION PRIZE contest (2016), judged by Kevin Barry. Her story Blue, Wide and Very Cold was a finalist in the 2019 Bosque Magazine Fiction contest and in Craft Magazines 2020 story contest. Her collection of fabulist tales Particle to Wave: A Fabulary was one of 5 finalists for Omnidawn's 2019 fabulist-collection contest.

 

  

Her nonfiction writings include an "Afterword" for the Signet Classic Edition of the CALL OF THE WILD & SELECTED STORIES, by Jack London (2009) and various writings in the fields of literature and psychology. She is also the author of a book about couples therapy, RECREATING PARTNERSHIP, co-written with her husband, Phillip Ziegler (W.W. Norton, 2001). This book garnered excellent reviews in the arena of couples counseling and has been translated into German.