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 six books, 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), and Story’s Triumph: Mining Your Creative Writing for Its Deepest Riches (non-fiction), Ice Sculpture in the Desert (short-short stories), and Shine out of Bedlam (Young Adult novel).
His first YA/adult novel, Shine out of Bedlam, came out in 2017. His second novel in the Shine in Bedlam Series, Shine in Grit City, will be published in January 2019. A new book of poems, Havana Riffs: Poems on Cuba, is on the way. He edited the webzine, RED! the breakthrough ‘zine (2008 – 2013), which shared stories of transformation in the lives of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals around the world.