Here are three poems from Donna's upcoming book Threnody

Lyric Life podcast featuring Donna's short poem Rosemary

Two more poems by Donna

Threnody a new poetry collection forthcoming from Moon Tide Press

"Though Hilbert grapples with weighty and difficult subjects, her tone is refreshingly anti-maudlin. Precise details of Southern California-- including movies--so infuse the spirit of these poems that in every one is a spark of light and even joy." -Denise Duhamel

"There is nothing stale and conventional here, just the presence, so rare in poetry, of Beauty, Suffering, and Intelligence." -Edward Field

"At every turn, this poet surprises with her beguiling wit, and then the sudden plunge into the depths--" -Janet Sternburg

"Not since Spoon River Anthology have I seen such a cluster of vivid portraits and scenes from American life. Deep Red could be the first installment of a new classic." -Edward Field

Donna's book, available now:

Buy it at SPD Books
Buy it at Amazon

Signed copies of Gravity available at the independent bookstore Page Against the Machine.

Cover Art: Miram Berkley
Author Photo: Alexis Rhone Fancher
Tebot Bach 2018

Video credit: Jacob Hilbert

With Sonia Greenfield at AWP 2017, Washington DC

Donna in front of �The Coop� at Write On Door County

Donna with poet/book artist Diane LeBlanc

Donna with poet/artist Sharon Auberle

Donna Hilbert was born in Grandfield, Oklahoma near the Oklahoma Texas border, but has spent most of her life in Southern California. She is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach, with a B.A. in Political Science, and from Phillips Graduate Institute, with an M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy. Her books include Gravity: New & Selected Poems, Tebot Bach, 2018, The Congress of Luminous Bodies, Aortic Books, 2013, The Green Season, World Parade Books, 2009, Traveler in Paradise: New and Selected Poems, PEARL Editions, 2004; Transforming Matter, PEARL 2000; Feathers and Dust, Deep Red, and Mansions, all from Event Horizon Press. In 1994, she won the Staple First Edition writing award resulting in the publication in England of the short story collection, Women who Make Money and the Men Who Love Them. Her Greatest Hits chapbook, which includes her most anthologized poems from 1989-2000, was published by Pudding House. Her work is the subject of the short film Grief Becomes Me, by director Christine Fugate, which was shown as a work-in-progress at the Kentucky Women Writers Conference and is included in Grief Becomes Me: A Love Story, the documentary about her life and work. She writes and teaches private workshops in Long Beach, California, where she makes her home.

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April 17, 2014 - Distinguished Writers' Reading at Laguna College of Art and Design. (L to R) Gerald Locklin; LCAD Liberal Arts faculty member, Gwendolyn Oxenham; Charles Harper Webb; Donna Hilbert and Chair of Liberal Arts at LCAD, Grant Hier.

Distinguished Authors Reading Series at Laguna College of Art-Design

Donna Hilbert at Gatsby Books, the last Hump Reading ever!

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With Jo Scott Coe reading for Code Pink at Beyond Baroque

Poem at the First Street Transit Gallery in Long Beach

Click here for more info on Grief Becomes Me

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