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Marin Poets Live! is a public access television show presented by Marin County Free Library and features host Neshama Franklin, who works at the Fairfax Library. The show introduces local Marin poets and delves into their reasons for writing and the influence that living in Marin County has had on their poetry. The monthly show appears the second Thursday of each month at 7:30pm PST. Check the Community Media Center of Marin for schedules.

The interview with Brenda Hillman aired on public access television on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:30pm. (Credits - Director: Nancy Finston, Cameras: Lori Greenleaf, Technical Director: Brad Flaharty, Producers: Neshama Franklin and Brian Jones).

Watch the archived episode and read Brenda Hillman's biography and bibliography below.

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Brenda Hillman

Brenda Hillman has published chapbooks with Penumbra Press, a+bend press, and EmPress; she is the author of nine full-length collections from Wesleyan University Press.

Hillman is the Olivia Filippi Professor of Poetry at Saint Mary's College in Moraga, California, where she teaches in the undergraduate and graduate programs. She is also a member of the permanent faculties of Napa Valley Writers' Conference and of Squaw Valley Community of Writers. Hillman is also involved in non-violent activism as a member of the Code Pink Working Group in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is married to poet Robert Hass. 


  • 2012 - Academy of American Poets Fellowship
  • 2005 - William Carlos Williams Prize for poetry
  • National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship
  • Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship


2013 - Seasonal Works With Letters on Fire

2009 - Practical Water

2005 - Pieces of Air in the Epic

2001 - Cascadia

2000 - The Firecage

1997 - Loose Sugar

1994 - Autumn Sojourn

1993 - Bright Existence

1993 - Death Tractates

1989 - Fortress

1985 - White Dress

1982 - Coffee, 3 A.M.