About Dene Hillman
Hellman was born and raised in central Iowa, the daughter of a
hobo/painter whose oil paintings rose ceiling high by the time Dene
graduated from high school, and a schoolteacher mother who gardened,
canned and baked the family's way through the Great Depression.
After receiving an education degree at the University of Northern Iowa,
Dene married a fellow teacher. Within fifteen years she gave birth to
Annie, Patty, Kate and Jean. Later, she married a German Holocaust
survivor, obtained a B.A. at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay, and
embarked on a career of award winning writing and editing. Spawning to
the Appalachian Mountain vicinity of Asheville-Hendersonville, she
discovered that, through her paternal grandmother, she could trace her
Carolina heritage to the early 1700s.
Chasing causes she believes in has been a longtime occupation. During
the 70s, Dene was a leader in the Women's Rights movement in Wisconsin.
Today, in addition to writing and editing, she is active in a literacy
group and an arts and heritage organization. In her spare time, she is
an enthusiastic gardener and thrives in the midst of a lush mixture of
trees, flowers and weeds.