Roberta Hill


Roberta Hill, an enrolled member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, is a poet, fiction writer and scholar. She obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin. Her MFA is from the University of Montana, and her Ph.D. was obtained from the University of Minnesota.

Roberta has been an instructor for the Poets-in-the-Schools Program in several places, including Minnesota, Arizona, and Oklahoma. She is currently an Associate Professor of English and American Indian Studies at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She serves on the Advisory Board for wicazo sa review. Roberta is currently working on a biography of Dr. L. Rosa Minoka-Hill, her grandmother. She has 3 children.

Roberta's work has been published in the journals The Southern Review, Northwest Review, American Poetry Review, The Nation, and The Nation.. She previously published as Roberta Hill Whiteman.

A short biography from the Internet Public Library's
Native American Author's Project.

Writing available online

Two poems in the St. Paul Cultural Garden, Language of the Land Project
"Writers Segment" [4/9/01] on South Dakota Public Radio [RealAudio]
"Writers Segment" [4/10/01] on South Dakota Public Radio [RealAudio]
"Writers Segment" [4/16/01] on South Dakota Public Radio [RealAudio]
"Writers Segment" [4/17/01] on South Dakota Public Radio [RealAudio]
"Writers Segment" [8/6/01] on South Dakota Public Radio [RealAudio]
"Writers Segment" [8/7/01] on South Dakota Public Radio [RealAudio]
"Writers Segment" [8/8/01] on South Dakota Public Radio [RealAudio]


Roberta has a two poems included in the St. Paul Sculptural Garden, Language of the Land Project, where her "room" in the garden contains sight-lines developed with reference to the Native American burial grounds that are visible from the site.

The Wisconsin Library Association cited her collection of poetry, Star Quilt (Holy Cow! Press 1984), with an Outstanding Achievement Recognition. She has received an Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund Award and a Chancellor's Award from the University of Wisconsin.

Books by Roberta Hill Whiteman or containing her work       icon

Philadelphia Flowers : Poems, Holy Cow Press.
Star Quilt, Holy Cow Press.

Anthologies       icon

Sister Nations, Heid Erdrich and Laura Tohe (Editors), New Rivers Press. [Available now.]
Reinventing the Enemy's Language : Contemporary Native Women's Writing of North America
(Edited by Joy Harjo and Gloria Bird), W.W. Norton. (Hardcover)
Returning the Gift: Poetry and Prose from the First North American Native Writers' Festival
(Sun Tracks Books, No 29) University of Arizona Press.
New Voices from the Longhouse, Joseph Bruchac (Editor), Greenfield Review Press.
Smoke Rising : The Native North American Literary Companion, Janet Witalec, Visible Ink Press.
Braided Lives : An Anthology of Multicultural American Writing
Minnesota Humanities Commission Staff (Editor)
That's What She Said : Contemporary Poetry and Fiction by Native American Women,
by Rayna Green (Editor) Indiana Univ Press
Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry
Richard Ellmann (Compiler), W.W. Norton & Company.
Voices of the Rainbow : Contemporary Poetry by Native Americans
by Kenneth Rosen (Editor), R.C. Gorman, Aaron Yava (Illustrator), Arcade Pub.
Talking Leaves : Contemporary Native American Short Stories
by Craig Lesley, Katheryn Stavrakis (Editor) Dell Books
Earth Song, Sky Spirit : Short Stories of the Contemporary Native American Experience,
by Clifford E. Trafzer (Editor)
Wounds Beneath the Flesh, (Editor), White Pine Press.
Harper's Anthology of 20th Century Native American Poetry
by Duane Niatum (Editor) HarperCollins
Songs from This Earth on Turtle's Back : An Anthology of Poetry by American Indian Writers
by Joseph Bruchac (Editor), Greenfield Review Press
The Third Woman : Minority Women Writers of the United States,
Dexter Fisher (Editor), Houghton Mifflin Co.
Words in the Blood : Contemporary Indian Writers of North and South America,
by Jamake Highwater (Editor), New American Library Trade
Carriers of the Dream Wheel, by Duane Niatum, HarperCollins

Books Containing Interviews with Roberta or Autobiographical Essays    

The Nature of Native American Poetry, Norma C. Wilson, Univ. New Mexico Press.
Here First
by Arnold Krupat (Editor), Brian Swann (Editor), Random House (Available Now!)
Survival This Way : Interviews With American Indian Poets
Joseph Bruchac III (Editor), (Sun Tracks Books, No 15) University of Arizona Press
Everything Matters : Autobiographical Esays by Native American Writers
by Arnold Krupat (Editor), Brian Swann (Editor), Random House (Not Yet Available)
Messengers of the Wind : Native American Women Tell Their Life Stories,
by Jane Katz (Editor)
American Indian Women Poets : Women Between the Worlds, Norma Harwit Amrani
Vantage Press.

Textbooks and Related Books

Approaching Poetry: Perspectives and Responses, Peter Schakel and Jack Ridl
St. Martin's Press.
Multicultural Voices in Literature, (with other authors)
Minnesota Center for Arts Education

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This is an "official" site in that this page was constructed with the assistance and active collaboration of the poet, Roberta Hill.

© 1998 Roberta Hill and Karen Strom.

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