more about djh
DJ Hills (they/them) is a cross-genre writer, working in the intersections of poetry, prose, and performance.
A queer and genderqueer artist, DJ seeks to create and collaborate on art that works intentionally and explicitly to diversify the voices and experiences audiences and readers encounter.
Recent/forthcoming plays have been developed and/or produced at Single Carrot Theatre (we broke up.), The Kennedy Center (Juniper Jones and the Rocket She Built), Carnegie Mellon University (Adult Things), and University of California Los Angeles (A Driving Play). Other writing appears most recently in Wigleaf, SmokeLong Quarterly, and Oyster River Pages. Their poetry chapbook Leaving Earth will be published by Split Rock Press in Fall 2022.
DJ received the Kratz Fellowship in Creative Writing from Goucher College, allowing them to live briefly in New Orleans where they wrote a cycle of poems inspired by the lives and culture of the Gulf Coast. In 2019, DJ was named a fellow for the Horticulture Playwrights Workshop, for which they wrote a play exploring the intersections of queerness, rural America, and the trauma of place. Their short story, "Moments of Anticipation," was nominated for a 2022 Pushcart Prize and their poem "Leaving Earth" was nominated for 2023 Best of the Net.
DJ was proudly born and raised in the shadow of the Appalachians. They are currently pursuing their MFA in Playwriting at UCLA.
photo credit: Andrew Brandveen