author Hillary Carlip's memoir, Queen
of the Oddballs: And Other True Stories from a Life Unaccording
to Plan (HarperCollins May, 2006), has received
rave reviews, is an American Bookseller's Association
Book Sense Pick chosen by independent bookstores
throughout the country, a Lambda Literary Award finalist
in two categories (humor and memoir), and was
selected by Borders as one of the Best Literary
Memoirs of 2006.
has been hailed as a pioneer in bringing the voices of teenage girls into the
mainstream with her first book Girl
Power: Young Women Speak Out (Warner Books, 1995). She was honored
by the New York Public Library when the groundbreaking Girl Power
was selected for its prestigious "Best Books for Teens" list. When Hillary
appeared on Oprah, the hour show was devoted to the book. Now in
its eighth printing, Girl Power continues to attract new readers and is required
reading for many Women's Studies courses throughout the country.
second book, Zine
Scene (Girl Press, 1999), which she designed
herself and co-wrote with the renowned author Francesca
Lia Block, was included in a show at the New Museum
for Contemporary Art in New York City, and won an
American Library Association Award.
is the creator, editor and host of the acclaimed literary
YARN: The Online Salon for Personal Essays. Every
three weeks FRESH YARN presents six pieces written by
a diverse range of all-star writers/performers and personalities.
FRESH YARN has been a YAHOO PICK, featured in an LA
Times article, picked as a HOT SITE by USA Today,
and receives almost 10 million hits a year.
is also an NPR commentator, having written and recorded pieces for All
Things Considered, and reads/performs her personal essays at spoken word hot
spots including The Un-Cabaret's Say the Word and Sit n' Spin at
Comedy Central's theater. She appeared in the Los Angeles Theater Works
production of FIRED, which aired on NPR, as well as New York's FIRED
show at Second Stage Theater. She also has a piece included in the book
FIRED!: Tales of the Canned, Canceled, Downsized, & Dismissed
(Simon and Schuster's Touchstone Books, 2006).
a creative and motivational consultant and speaker, Hillary encourages
and inspires people to find uniquely creative ways to live their lives, clarify
and fulfill their goals, and promote their businesses.
Josh Kilmer-Purcell, Danielle Trussoni, and Maria Dahvana Headley, she is a founding
member of The Memoirists Collective, a group that seeks to identify and
nurture new talent in nonfiction, as well as to encourage collaborative and creative
in her screenwriting career Hillary saw her first film script, SKIRTS,
co-written with Miss Congeniality co-writer, Katie Ford, sold in a bidding
war to Columbia Studios. Hillary then went on to do script rewrites for many of
the major studios, among those projects several original animated films for Disney
including An Extremely Goofy Movie (winner of an Annie Award for
Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Home Movie Production).
a visual artist, Hillary has designed and produced websites for major stars (including
Aniston), artists, authors, musicians and advertisers, and continues to break
ground with her web production and design company Fly
HC. Hillary has shown and sold her found-object assemblages through several
prominent Los Angeles galleries. She has also done private commissions and been
featured in group exhibits in New York and Chicago.
1999-2001, Hillary was Co-President/Founder/Executive Creative Director of
VOXXY, the highly acclaimed interactive network. There, she oversaw all
creative aspects of the company including designing and producing 10 major websites,
which earned Voxxy the 2000 Bandie Broadband Award for innovation in the category
"Newest New Thing."
a performance artist, Hillary has written and performed
comedy material, as well as juggled and eaten
fire as a solo act, and with such noted performers
as the Flying Karamazov Brothers. She appeared
on The Ellen Degeneres Show, teaching Ellen
how to eat fire (complete with Liza Minnelli running onstage
-- unplanned -- with a fire extinguisher!) She also started
her own record label, releasing songs she wrote and performed
with her all-girl band, Angel and the Reruns. The
band's song "Buffy Come Back" became
an international cult hit, and Hillary appeared in several
films (including Tom Hank's Bachelor Party),
and on their soundtracks, with songs she wrote, produced
Hillary is working on her fourth book, and developing
a network television show based on Queen of the Oddballs.
can find out more about Hillary at her website www.flyhc.com.