Tobey Hiller

Selected Works

“This is a novel that will long stay in the reader’s mind, a vivid and arresting experience.”
--(Bob Williams of The Compulsive Reader)
This stunning book of connected poems in various forms has spare, evocative drawings by Joanna Axtmann.
In this book of poetry, and in Crossings, and Aqueduct, as well, her two other poetry collections, Hiller shows her arresting skill and range with language. David Meltzer says about her poems: “A clear impassioned intent underlies the work as a whole... [The poems] insist their music against the ongoing emptying-out of language our era contends with daily.”
“The authors of this beautifully written book give invaluable insights into what couples need to turn their relationship around during therapy... This is one of the clearest and most creative books I have ever read on couples therapy!”
--(Pepper Schwartz, Ph.D, Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Washington, author of Love Between Equals).


Tobey Hiller is a writer of fiction, poetry, flash, and non-fiction. Her first novel, CHARLIE'S EXIT, (EdgeWork Books) appeared in 2002. About this book, a reviewer said "Hiller manages [her] conclusion with a skill that is admirable in a first novel. She shows generous abundance in CHARLIE'S EXIT, lively imagination and subtle finesse." Another reviewer said "[t]he parallel stories fascinated me. . . It's a literary gem."

Hiller's short fiction and poems have appeared in many journals, anthologies and magazines, including among others: "Able Muse Review," "A Fine Madness," "Ambush Review," "Askew," "Beyond Baroque," "Brief," "Caliban," "Canary," "Embers," "Five Fingers Review," "Mediterranean Poetry," "Milkweed Chronicle," "North Coast Literary Review," "Poetry Flash," "Poetry San Francisco," "Transfer," "Qoph;" as Broadsides by Oyez; and in anthologies such as RESURGENT:NEW WRITING BY WOMEN; THROUGH THE MILL, LEFT-HAND MAPS:SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA POETS; and LITERATURE AND ITS WRITERS, a college textbook.
Her story "The Seventh Blue" was a finalist for the 2009 REYNOLDS PRICE SHORT FICTION AWARD and can be read or heard on-line at

Her story "Splinter" was on the short list for the first LOS ALTOS - LISTOWEL SHORT FICTION PRIZE contest (2016), judged by Kevin Barry.

Three books of her poetry have been published: CROSSINGS, CERTAIN WEATHERS (Oyez) and AQUEDUCT (Clear Mt. Press), the last with drawings by the artist Joanna Axtmann. Her poetry is haunting and lyrical. She uses a broad, inventive language, both sensuous and cerebral, to create an exciting dialogue between the self and that gorgeous, irascible and multiple "other" inhabiting us all -- the daily world. The Bay Area poet Don Schenker described her poetry as "in a word, world-class." The late David Meltzer said of her poetry " is the lyric of accomplished grace and concern, the poems insist their music against the ongoing emptying-out of language our era contends with daily."

Her poems "The Dowser" and "Fox and Moon" won magazine awards ("Milkweed Chronicle" and "S.F Poetry.")

She is at work on two collections of short fiction, one fabulist, one realist, and a collection of oddities and cross-genre pieces. She has finished a new full-length collection of poetry and a chapbook, now under consideration for publication.

Her "Afterword" for the Signet Classic Edition of the CALL OF THE WILD & SELECTED STORIES, by Jack London, appears in 2009.

She is also the author of a book about couples therapy, RECREATING PARTNERSHIP, co-written with her husband, Phillip Ziegler (W.W. Norton, 2001). This book garnered excellent reviews in the arena of couples counseling and has been translated into German.