M.F.A., Warren Wilson College; M.A., University of Colorado; B.S., University of Cincinnati



Mr. Hillard is an Associate Professor of English in the Department of English and Modern Languages. He teaches courses in modern and contemporary literature and drama, communication studies, advanced composition, and creative writing.


Before coming to the Mount in 1987, he received his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College, an M.A. in English from the University of Colorado, and a B.S. in Education from the University of Cincinnati.


A prolific and award-winning author, publisher, and literary advocate, Mr. Hillard is the author of four books of poems, two chapbooks of short stories, and is currently editor and publisher of RED! the breakthrough ‘zine, an internet publication based on his many years of teaching in jails and prisons and showcases stories of transformation and healthy life-changes in the lives of inmates and ex-inmates, as well as innovators who help make these changes happen. Among his awards are the Post-Corbett Award for Literary Artist (1993), the Sister Adelle Clifford Award for Teaching Excellence (1998), and Ohio Arts Council Writer-in-Residence (2000) at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center in Massachusetts.