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Independent Publisher: THE Voice of the Independent Publishing Industry

DJ and fellow winners of the 2020 Independent Publisher “IPPY” Book Awards discuss writing, how current events influence their craft, and why poetry is more important now than ever.

Read the article at IndpendentPublisher.com

BPA Benjamin Franklin Award Gold Winners

 
IBPA Award Finalist

The in-person award ceremony had to be canceled due to the COVID-19 health crisis and moved to the 4-night “Shelter-In-Place” IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award Ceremony Viewing Parties online. During the May 7 virtual awards, the IBPA announced the results of the Poetry category.

Watch DJ’s video here

Spirit of the Suffragists prize

‘Release’, the cover art of Homespun Mercies, was selected for the nationally juried show Vote: A Centennial Celebration where it was awarded the Spirit of the Suffragists Award.

Due to COVID 19, the exhibition closed early. But the organizers of the event and Loveland Museum created a virtual tour.

2020 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award

IBPA Award Finalist

DJ is thrilled to announce her book Homespun Mercies was named a finalist in the 2020 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards! DJ’s book was one of 1,697 entries in fifty-five categories submitted to the award program. Follow the link to read more and see the finalists in each category: ibpabenjaminfranklinaward.com

THE STRAND READING

DJ Hill reading at the Strand bookstoreDJ will joined Indie authors John McCoy and Azzan Yadin-Israel on Monday, February 10 at 7 pm. Dart Frog Books hosted the event at the Strand—New York City’s oldest bookstore. Each author shared their publishing journey and read excerpts from their work. 

HOMESPUN MERCIES REVIEWED

Many thanks to Dart Frog Books for this recent review of Homespun Mercies. 

READ THE REVIEW

CIPA EVVY AWARD WINNER

The 25th CIPA EVVY Awards were held August 17th in Denver, Colorado. Homespun Mercies took first place in the Poetry category and second place in Interior Design Layout.

DJ will sign copies of her book on Thursday, October 10th from 4:30-5:30 as part of the MPIBA FallCon Show, Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel at 3801 Quebec Street.

HOMESPUN MERCIES AUDIO BOOK

After months of rehearsing, recording, re-recording and editing, Homespun Mercies, the audiobook, is now available for purchase! Produced by the incomparable Dave Taylor at Cool Brick Studios in Carbondale, Colorado, the audiobook is read by the author and gently weaves the words with music including original works by John Hatanaka and Dave Hornbacker.

HOMESPUN MERCIES REVIEW

Offbeat Poet recently published a review of DJ’s debut collection of poetry, Homespun Mercies — “Each turn of the page brings us one step closer to a personal realization of what it means to be.”

Read more of Offbeat Poet’s review

EXCITING AWARD NEWS!

Homespun Mercies, DJ’s debut collection of poetry and visual art, was recently named a finalist in the Poetry Category of the 2019 International Book Awards! The book is currently available on this website as well as Amazon.

Visual Art Show

DJ is one of 50 local artists exhibiting work at the 39th Annual Valley Visual Art Show, opening Friday, January 18 with a reception from 6–8 pm An artist reception and preview will take place from 5:30–6 for members and gallery patrons. More information.

Editor's Pick: Pulling the strings

DJ talked with Aspen Daily News reporter Todd Hartley about her new mixed media piece, Release, and the story behind its creation.  Read the article.

GONE DOGS

In December of 2014, DJ committed to writing a poem a day. One of those poems, “Harry,” (written toward a post on Facebook) will soon be published in Volume 1 of Gone Dogs. “Born from a blog post in 2010, Gone Dogs is a tribute to the dogs that have left us, written by the people who loved them. When it’s finished, Gone Dogs will be a beautiful coffee table book chock full of stories and photographs from people across the world who chose to share their tributes with us.”

PUBLICATION NEWS:

Young Ravens Literary Review recently published DJ’s collage “An Apology to My Inner Poet.” The piece will also appear in DJ’s first collection of poetry, Homespun Mercies, to be published later this spring.

HAMLINE UNIVERSITY 2017 UNDERGRADUATE COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER

The senior speaker selection committee chose Debbie Johnson-Hill from three finalists who auditioned for the role. Senior speaker candidates were asked to prepare a 3-5 minute speech that they would offer the graduating class, families, and guests. Students, faculty, and staff were present for the final auditions and offered the selection committee their feedback on the finalists’ speeches. Congratulations to Johnson-Hill on being selected senior speaker for the Class of 2017. Undergraduate Commencement was held May 20, 2017. 

INTRODUCING HOMESPUN MERCIES

DJ was joined by musicians John Hatanaka and John Stuckey for First Friday at Roadside Gallery in Carbondale, Colorado. Prior to the event, the trio chatted with KDNK’s Express Yourself host Luke Nestler. Hear more…

COLLAGES PUBLISHED

Three of DJ’s collages were recently published in a special issue of The Rumpus—an online literary magazine—as part of their special series ENOUGH, addressing issues of rape culture, domestic violence, and sexual assault. With over 400 submissions, the series will run every Tuesday. See DJ’s work on The Rumpus.

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