Hilary Sloin is an award winning novelist, short fiction writer, essayist, poet, and playwright. Her work has been published in many journals and anthologies including Parting Gifts, character i, Notes, Phoebe, and Lesbian Love Stories I and II. Her debut novel, Art on Fire, is the “pseudo biography” of subversive painter Francesca deSilva, the founding foremother of “pseudorealism,” who lived hard and died young.
Art on Fire was awarded the Stonewall Book Awards – Barbara Gittings Literature Award in 2014. And, it was awarded the Bywater Prize for Fiction, the Golden Crown Literary Debut Author Award, and the Ben Franklin Book Award Silver Medal. In addition, it shortlisted for the Heekin Foundation Award, the Mid-list Press Competition, the Dana Awards, Shelf Unbound Writing Competition for Best Indie Book, ForeWord INDIES Gay & Lesbian Book of the Year, and the Story Oaks Prize. It received a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and was mistakenly awarded the non-fiction prize in the Amherst Book and Plow Competition.
Hilary has been a resident at the Cottages at Hedgebrook and the Dorset Colony House, and during the ’80s and ’90s her plays were produced in major cities across the country. She lives in Western Massachusetts, and has a thriving side business acquiring, restoring, and selling antiques.