Hillis, Rick, MFA
English, Asbury Hall, Room 11
Professor of English (on leave)
B.Ed., University of Saskatchewan; M.F.A.,Iowa Writers Workshop. Has taught creative writing at Stanford, U.C. Hayward, Lewis & Clark College, The University of Iowa Summer Writers Program, Saskatchewan School of the Arts, and Reed College where he was Writer-in-Residence. His fiction, poetry, and non-fiction has appeared in over two dozen journals and anthologies. Books include The Blue Machines of Night (poetry), which was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Award for first book by a Canadian and Limbo River (fiction), awarded the Drue Heinz Literature Prize and the Silver medal from the Commonwealth Club of California. Has had screenplays optioned. Other awards: the Stegner Fellowship in fiction writing from Stanford, the Chesterfield Film Writers Fellowship from Universal Studios and Amblin Entertainment in L.A., and residencies at writers’ colonies including Yaddo, the Banff Center for the Arts, Millay, U-Cross, and St. Peter’s Abbey. Additional distinctions include Arts grants from the Canada Council and the Saskatchewan Arts Board. In 2002 he was awarded a green card as an Alien of Extraordinary Ability in the Arts. At DePauw, he teaches fiction writing, screenwriting, poetry, and songwriting. He is at work on a novel.