W. Nick Hill

Poet and Translator

Selected Works of Poetry and Translation

"Belongings," "The Tides," and "Red Truck," the three parts of my previous book, published by Dos Madres Press in April, 2012
Bilingual English / Spanish Poetry written from 1991 to 1997, in the New School Chapbook Series. Finalist in the Sow's Ear Chapbook Contest 1997
The "testimony" of a Cuban slave who later fought in the War of Independence.


W. Nick Hill was born in Chicago in 1944. He spent formative years in Săo Paulo, Brazil, where he fell in love with Brazilian culture and Portuguese. He taught English in Valencia, Spain, after graduating from a small Midwestern college.

He did some graduate work at the University of Chicago and by the time he returned to academics he had been a cab driver, managed the Tao Coffee House on King Street in Honolulu, serviced welfare cases in Cook County, and been an employment counselor for Vietnamese refugees in San Diego.

He completed a Ph. D. in Latin American literature at the University of Iowa, where he studied with Oscar Hahn, the noted Chilean poet. His thesis on the Peruvian poet Carlos Germán Belli was published by Editorial Pliegos in Madrid.

He taught at various universities before his tenure at Fairfield University in Connecticut. While there he developed a handful of new courses, published scholarly articles on poetry and theater, translated novels, and served as Director of Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

In 2005 he retired from college teaching to devote himself to living and growing things in Port Townsend, Washington, where he was the PT Farmers Market manager for two years and continues to translate, write poetry, and occasionally throw a fly into the swift waters of the Hoh to entertain the steelhead.

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