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Biography

Tobey Hiller writes poetry, ficton and flash.



Her work has appeared in many journals and magazines, national & international, including Able Muse, Ambush, Askew, Brief, Caliban, Canary, Five Fingers Review, Mediterranean Poetry, Milkweed Chronicle, North Coast Literary Review, The Racket,  HCE, Shotglass Journal, The Fabulist: Words & Art, Sin Fronteras/Writers Without Borders, Sisyphus, Spillway, Unlikely Stories Mark V 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 (Beforrd Books); FIRE AND RAIN: ECOPOETRY OF CALIFORNIA; THE WILD and TRANSFORMATIONS (MPC Anthologies); and most recently, ARRIVING AT A SHORELINE (great weather for MEDIA).

 

Her novel CHARLIE'S EXIT (EdgeWork Books, Boulder) appeared in 2002. The Compulsive Reader's Review said: "Hiller manages her conclusion with a skill that is admirable in a first novel. This is a novel that will long stay in the reader's mind, a vivid and arresting experience."*

 

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), and the latest, CROW MIND (Finishing Line Press, June 2020).* She writes about our intimacies, often neglected, with the natural world and its other creatures, the puzzle of time and its imperatives, and the urgent challenges of the current threats to our ecosystems. These include the relationships -- the personal human ecosystems -- of our worlds. She sees community, urban life and history as elements of the complex environment we must understand and navigate. Her poetry, haunting and lyrical, sensuous and cerebral, creates a vivid dialogue between the self and the world, both animate and inanimate. This is what Marsha de la O says about her latest book of poetry, CROW MIND: "Tobey Hiller depolarizes human and animal, she plumbs the knowledge 'our tribes share.' ...do not neglect the luster between these covers."

  

Awards: Her story The Seventh Blue was a finalist for the 2009 REYNOLDS PRICE SHORT FICTION AWARD and appears in her latest story collection. Her story Splinter, which was short-listed for 2 prizes, won FIRST PLACE in  CRAFT MAGAZINE'S 2020 ELEMENTS CONTEST. Her story Blue, Wide and Very Cold was a finalist in the 2019 BOSQUE MAGAZINE FICTION CONTEST and in CRAFT MAGAZINE'S 2020 FICTION CONTEST. Her collection of fabulist tales Particle to Wave: A Fabulary was one of 5 finalists for OMNIDAWN'S 2019 FABULIST FICTION CONTEST. This collection, now called Flight Advice: a fabulary was published in December 2021 by UNLIKELY BOOKS (New Orleans).

 

  

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.


* See the WORKS section for more information.