Hello, Dear Readers...
I am Cindy Ellen Hill, a writer, musician and obsessed gardener in Middlebury, Vermont. I have written extensively for Vermont Woman, Vermont Outdoors, VTDigger, and magazines, winning NENPA awards. My published work includes literary, environmental and science fiction short stories. I am the author of two sonnet chapbooks, Wild Earth (Antrim Press 2021) and Elegy for the Trees (Kelsay Books 2022), and my poetry has appeared in Vermont Magazine, Vermont Life, Measure, The Lyric, and on National Public Radio. Presently, I am an MFA student at the Vermont College of Fine Arts.
My Background & Awards
JURIS DOCTOR Vermont Law School May 1987.
MASTER OF ENVIRONMENTAL LEGAL STUDIES Vermont Law School May 1987.
BACHELOR OF ARTS Political Science/American Government; Minor, Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies. Regents Scholarship. SUNY Stony Brook August 1984.
MASTER of FINE ARTS, WRITING Vermont College of Fine Arts, degree anticipated Summer 2024.
2022 The Lyric New England Prize, “G Pentatonic, Maine Pine”
2021 Poetry Society of Vermont Fall contest, 1st place, “So many ways to die”
2021 Poetry Society of Vermont Goldstein Award, 1st place, “Killing Hector”
2021 Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest Laureate Award, “G pentatonic, Maine pine”
2021 Poetry Society of Vermont Spring contest, 3rd place, “Reparations”
2021 Society of Classical Poets, Best Poems of 2020, 4th place, “Plum Island Solstice”
2021 Poetry Society of Vermont Carol Lee Vail prize, 2nd place, “Seeing Champ”
2013 Tuscany Prize, novella, finalist
2010 New England News and Press Association, 1st place news story
2009 New England News and Press Association, 3rd place feature article
2005 1st Place, Fantasist Enterprises short fiction, “Singing Dragon”
2003 Top Ten, National Writer’s Association Foundation short fiction, “Marquetry”
2002 5th Place, Literary Fiction, Writer’s Digest Short Story Competition, “Winter Deal”
2002 3rd Place, Kay Snow Awards, Willamansett Writers, Fiction, “Winter Deal”
2002 Ralph Nading Hill, Jr. literary award, poem, “Land for Sale”
2002 Top Ten, Seven Days fiction award, “Golden”
2001 Outdoor Magazine top feature story award
1998 Ralph Nading Hill, Jr. literary award, short story, “The Fleece Judge”
STAFF AND EDITORIAL POSITIONS
VERMONT WOMAN Corresponding Editor 2011 to 2015
DEMAND STUDIOS, Freelance Contract auditing project, eHow garden articles 2011
OUTDOORS MAGAZINE Copy Editor 2003 to 2004
LIVIN’ MAGAZINE Founding Editor 2004
THE TWISTER, Newsletter of the Twist O’Wool Spinning Guild Editor 2003 to 2005
WILD EARTH Magazine, Richmond VT Corresponding Editor 1991 to 1995
THE THREE VILLAGE HERALD, Stony Brook NY Staff Reporter 1977 to 1979