Alumni: William Hillyard

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William Hillyard writes what he calls “human disinterest stories,” stories about people and places that don’t register a blip on the mainstream radar. His subjects include immigrant day laborers, Tijuana hookers, illegal aliens, and rural poverty. He is currently working on a collection of linked literary nonfiction short stories set in Wonder Valley, a nowhere corner of the Mojave Desert.

William Hillyard has a B.A. in Literary Journalism from UC Irvine and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from UC Riverside. He has published stories in the Denver Voice, Earth Island Journal, theOrange Coast Review, and the literary journal Kiosk.  His Denver Voice story “Pichoneros” was a finalist for the NASNA Best Feature award. The first story in his “Wonder Valley” series is included as “Notable Nonrequired Reading” in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2010. He lives in Orange County, California.