Judyth Hill and Eva Hunter share the spotlight at SOL literary reading
By Marge Fahey
For Judyth Hill and Eva Hunter, writing is a way of life. Hunter knew she wanted to write before she could read. Hill began writing poetry in third grade at PS 166 in New York.
Judyth Hill and Eva Hunter
SOL literary reading
Thu, Mar 21, 4:30pm
Café Santa Ana
Poetry and prose are as different as these two literary divas, but each has a unique voice and style.
Hill and Hunter will be reading from their latest works on Thursday, March 21, at Café Santa Ana in the Biblioteca. Hill will be launching her seventh book of poetry, Dazzling Wobble, and Hunter will be reading from her soon-to-be published memoir, A Little Mormon Girl.
Playful and provocative with a dash of humor, Hill’s poetry begs to be read. “I love to read it…that’s what completes the circle of the creative act.”
Hunter brings her own unique voice and story in A Little Mormon Girl about her life “…growing up in a ‘Temple’ Mormon family, which supposedly is the highest order of Mormonism. In my family that was a façade that was very difficult for a little girl, then young woman to reconcile,” she says. “I reveal some of the most closely guarded secrets of Mormonism—some that many Mormons themselves do not know.”
Hunter emphasizes, however, her memoir is not an “expose.” “It is funny, sad, informative, and tells how one person escaped the physical and mental bonds of a very strong religion. It is also a story about coming to understand, and then forgive, my parents.”
Hill says the biggest influence in her life was attending Sarah Lawrence to study poetry with Galway Kinnell and Jane Cooper. “My most powerful transformers have been the poet Robert Bly, storyteller Gioia Timpanelli, and deep-ecology maestra Dolores LaChapelle, all of whom I was privileged to personally study with over a period of 25 years.”
“My writing, performing and teaching come from my faith in the delicate and intricate connection of our political, emotional, cognitive, spiritual, imaginational bodies, both within the self, and within the social web to each other,” Hill says.
Hunter grew up in a small Nevada town and moved to Portland, Oregon, where she raised her daughter, worked as a journalist and taught writing. She relocated to San Miguel in 1996. “I hated the cold and the rain and wanted to find a warmer place that had the same type of arts culture, and was a beautiful, comfortable place to live.”
Hill relocated from New York City to Santa Fe, where she wrote, raised her children and ran her bakery, “The Chocolate Maven.” She relocated to San Miguel five years ago after falling in love with her partner, Michael Mckenna, on the Internet. “We were way into it when I realized I had just moved my heart to Mexico! My life and furniture followed. It’s a life about passion and choices. And joy. And having fun.”
Both Hill and Hunter have a passion for writing that is clearly evident in their work. Hunter’s first book, The Lord of the Dolls: Voyage to Xochimilco, a literary nonfiction collaboration with arts photographer Jo Brenzo, has received special recognition by being accepted into the prestigious Benson Collection for Latin American Studies, University of Texas Libraries, Austin. “Very few books are placed in this permanent, world-regarded collection,” Hunter says. The book was a limited edition, which now sells for up to US$300 on E-bay, she adds.
Marge Fahey is a retired journalist from Washington, DC and an editor at Sol: English Writing in Mexico