author Hillary Carlip's memoir, Queen
of the Oddballs: And Other True Stories from a Life Unaccording
to Plan (HarperCollins May, 2006), 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
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
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. Since
2004, every month Hillary presents six new pieces written
by a diverse range of all-star writers/performers and
personalities. FRESH YARN has been a YAHOO PICK, and was
picked as a HOT SITE by USA Today.
writing appears in the anthologies: FIRED!: Tales
of the Canned, Canceled, Downsized, & Dismissed
(Touchstone Books, 2006); The Six-Word Memoir
(HarperCollins, 2008) and Rejected: Tales of the
Failed, Dumped, and Canceled (Villard, 2008).
a visual artist, Hillary has designed and produced websites
for major stars (including Jennifer
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.
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
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