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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Bill Hillmann  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:YA Fiction



Illinois Connection

Hillman lives in Chicago and is an MFA graduate of Columbia College Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Bill Hillmann is the author of the award winning, internationally acclaimed Chicago novel, ''The Old Neighborhood''. His writing has appeared in the ''Toronto Star'', ''Washington Post'', ''Newcity'', '''', ''Chicago Tribune'' and broadcast on ''NPR''. An acclaimed live storyteller and the creator of the internationally acclaimed storytelling series''The Windy City Story Slam'', Hillmann has told stories around the world. He is also a Local 2 Construction laborer and a former Chicago Golden Gloves boxing champion. In his past, Hillman was a feared street brawler, gang affiliate, drug dealer and convict. Since 2005, he has run with the bulls in Spain and in July, 2014 he famously survived a near fatal goring. His memoir, ''Mozos: A Decade Running with the Bulls of Spain'', explores how running with the bulls in Pamplona has changed his life.

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Titles At Your Library


-- '''''The Old Neighborhood''''' *Best New Book, Chicago Sun-Times/Chicago Reader, Best of Chicago 2014