Jeffrey Hillard was Writer-in-Residence at The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County from 2015-2016. During his residency, he taught workshops in communities and schools, read his poems, fiction, and essays, and conducted programming, co-sponsored writing events, lead panel discussions, and produced fiction and poems. Jeff is a Professor of English and Modern Languages at Mount St. Joseph University, as well as an award-winning poet and author of many books, including The Shadow Family: Poems (1987); River Dwellers: Poems on the Settling of the Ohio River (1993); Pieces of Fernald: Poems and Images of a Place (1998); Story’s Triumph: Mining Your Creative Writing for Its Deepest Riches (non-fiction); Ice Sculpture in the Desert (short-short stories); and in the new Shine in Bedlam YA Historical-Adventure Novel Series, Shine out of Bedlam and Shine in Grit City. In a new spin-off novella series in the Shine in Bedlam Series, The Alphonso Rap came out in September 2019.
His first YA/adult novel, Shine out of Bedlam, came out in 2017. His second novel in this new Shine in Bedlam YA Historical-Adventure Series, Shine in Grit City, was published in May 2019. Jeff began a spin-off novella series in the Shine in Bedlam YA Series with The Alphonso Rap, published in September 2019. The novella, The Dreaming Sheila is forthcoming.
A new book of poems, Havana Riffs: Poems on Cuba, is coming soon. He edited the online magazine, RED! the breakthrough ‘zine (2008 – 2013), which shared stories of transformation in the lives of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals around the world.
Jeffrey Hillard received the 2019 Distinguished Scholar Award from Mount St. Joseph University.