Name: DJ Hill
Role at Red Bird: Poetry Editor
How I became involved with Red Bird and why I agreed to do it:
In the fall of 2016, I was enrolled in an MFA poetry class titled ‘Obsessions’ with Anna George Meek. The end-of-semester project was to create our own chapbook. Several weeks before the project was due, each student brought in examples of chapbooks we found appealing. As it turns out, Josh Hegarty (current RBC poetry editor) and Kyle McGinn (past RBC book designer) were also in the class and suggested I look into Red Bird publications. When my shipment of books arrived, I was struck not only by their quality but artistic beauty. Filling the position of poetry editor will be a great way to learn the ins and outs of book publishing while enhancing my work as a freelance writer and poet.
Recent Red Bird project (s):
None as of yet but excited to read possibilities this summer!
A little about my own work and what I am currently working on:
Since 2014, I’ve been working on a collection of poems for my first chapbook, Homespun Mercies; A View of Life in Retrospect.This past spring, I had the pleasure of working with Twin Cities poet and collage artist Deborah Keenan on a series of pieces and discovered that I love the physicality and meditative qualities of this medium. It’s the perfect compliment to the written word. I’m excited to see how incorporating this artwork shapes the poetry, and vice versa.
My favorite thing (s) that can be found in the public domain:
Since 2013, I’ve been involved with TEDxMahtomedi, a local version of the worldwide phenomenon of TED. I’ve had the opportunity to view many of these videos and have several favorites: https://www.ted.com/talks/elizabeth_gilbert_on_genius, a great one for creatives and this: https://www.ted.com/talks/tim_urban_inside_the_mind_of_a_master_procrastinator. Even procrastination can be entertaining!