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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Michael Hillmer  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1949 in Saint Louis, Missouri

Died: November, 2010 in Granite City, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Even though Hillmer was born at a hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, he was a life long resident of Illinois - Granite City and Edwardsville, Illinois. Until his death in November of 2010, Hillmer was the reference librarian for the Six Mile Regional Library District, Granite City.

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Titles At Your Library

A Field Guide to Trees
ISBN: 0941053776

Foothills Publishing. 2011

Poems concerning trees of all types, from oak to family, from "The Tree That Owns Itself" to Porphyry's Tree to Linnaeus.

In the Arms of Words
ISBN: 1890932302

Sherman Asher Publishing. 2015

Originally inspired by the Asian tsunami, this project now encompasses Katrina as well. This timely, sensitive collection of poetry sends a message to survivors that help is on the way and compels readers, who aren't experiencing such disasters, to contribute to those who are in need. In the Arms of Words: Poems for Disaster Relief features 93 poems written by 94 poets of all ages, religions, ancestry, education, who hail from Italy, France, Norway, Spain, Canada, India, Africa, Serbia, and the US. Poets include Diane di Prima, Bob Holman, Ellen Bass, Nick Carbo, Marilyn Chin, Brett Axel and Lyn Lifshin. The proceeds will benefit charitable organizations for both disasters.



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