Meet the Author

Reading on the Fringe Stage, Eden Mills Writers' Festival 2011

Reading on the Fringe Stage, Eden Mills Writers’ Festival 2011

Debbie Okun Hill is Past President of The Ontario Poetry Society, a Member of The League of Canadian Poets , the Writers’ Union of Canada and the Canadian Authors Association plus for eight years was a co-host of a monthly open mic event in southwestern Ontario. She is a trained journalist/communication specialist with several short fiction stories in print. Since 2003 she has concentrated on poetry with over 355 of her poems published in over 130 different publications/websites including Descant, Existere, Other Voices, The Literary Review of Canada,  The Windsor Review, and Vallum in Canada plus LUMMOX, Mobius, phati’tude Literary Magazine, Philadelphia Poets, Still Point Arts Quarterly, The Binnacle, and Thema in the United States.

She has read her work throughout Ontario including the Fringe Stage of the 2011 Eden Mills Writers’ Festival and during the 2012 PoeTrain Express/Spring Pulse Poetry Festival in Cobalt. Following the release of her first book of poetry Tarnished Trophies (Black Moss Press, 2014) she attended several literary readings and events. See tour details here. One of the tour highlights was her participation in the April 2015 Great Canadian PoeTrain Tour, reading with 19 other poets in Winnipeg, Edmonton, Vancouver and on VIA-Rail. In August 2015, Beret Days Press released MINDSHADOWS, a membership anthology that she edited/compiled for The Ontario Poetry Society.

This autumn 2017, Big Pond Rumours Press will release Drawing From Experience, a chapbook of ekphrastic and other art-themed poems.

Following a period of summer solitude and reflection, she plans to dust off and revise her manuscript of ash tree/emerald ash borer themed poems for future publication. A video sneak peek of her project appears here.  Several poems also appeared in the Environmental Vol. 19 No. 2 Fall 2016 issue of The Windsor Review.

QUESTION AND ANSWER INTERVIEWS:

Black Moss Press feature interview with Coryl O’Reilly. See here.

Writer’s Networking feature interview with Gloria Pearson-Vasey. See here.

London Open Mic Poetry Night feature interview with Kevin Heslop. See here.

Open Book Ontario’s “Poets in Profile” interview with Erin Knight. See here.

PROFILE ARTICLE:

“The Reluctant Poet” by Tracey Skehan. Originally published in Ezine: Lakehead University’s Alumni Newsletter, February 2015 and posted here.

BROADCAST READING:

Listen to  a sample of her reading from her debut poetry collection Tarnished Trophies broadcast on Finding a Voice on cfrc 101.9 fm. Hear the archived broadcast from October 31, 2014 from 4 to 5 p.m.  (39:00 to 46: 30) This reading was originally taped at “Poetry at the Artel”, an open mic event held Tuesday, October 7 in Kingston, Ontario.

More samples of her work here.

Member of The Ontario Poetry Society

Member since 2004 of The Ontario Poetry Society

Full member since June 2014, Associate member since 2009

Full member since June 2014, Associate member since 2009

Author of Tarnished Trophies (Black Moss Press 2014)

Author of Tarnished Trophies (Black Moss Press 2014)

Member since June 2014

Member since June 2014

Associate member since January 9, 2015

Associate member since January 9, 2015; Professional member since March 31, 2015

 

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7 thoughts on “Meet the Author

  1. Pingback: Winnipeg Launch – Tarnished Trophies – May 25 with Special Guest Readers | Kites Without Strings

  2. sharonbergblog

    I have really enjoyed getting to know you better since I moved to Sarnia, Debbie. It is a joy to attend workshops, readings, and writing festivals with you. You are someone who always carries herself with such grace in your comments on other people’s work, and your appreciation for their efforts. I always look forward to your new blog posts on another writer. Yet, what I love best is seeing your own process, in working on your own poetry. I love attending a workshop with you. I wish you all the best.
    Sharon

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    1. d78hill Post author

      Thanks Sharon for your kind comments. Welcome to the area and I hope the local literary community inspires you too! You’ve already added and shared so much wisdom. I’m looking forward to hearing more about your future writing projects.

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