AUTHOR’S CORNER: Introducing Donna W. Hill

Donna-&-Mo-kneeling-by-pond-by-Rich-Hill-1.82mb002.JPGGood afternoon everyone.

Before I get into the afternoon’s work of outreach and networking, I’d like to just take a moment to properly introduce the latest member of the Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing family.

There will be much more to come from this totally talented lady, in the meantime, please if you would take a moment to get to know the lovely Donna W. Hill.

 

Donna W. Hill is an author, singer-songwriter, recording artist, speaker and avid knitter. She and her husband Rich live among the frogs and birds in Pennsylvania’s Endless Mountains with Donna’s guide dog Mo (their 3-year-old yellow Lab) and Goofus, their rescued strawberry blonde tabby.

 

Her educator-recommended novel The Heart of Applebutter Hill is a high school mystery with excursions into fantasy for middle school and older readers. It was reviewed in Future Reflections and Word Gathering magazines and in local papers and TV, including by students of Lackawanna Trail High School (WNEP, TV-16 Scranton, PA)

 

Born legally blind from Retinitis Pigmentosa, Donna was the first blind student to complete twelve years in the Easton (Pennsylvania) Area School District. She was bullied throughout school, and teachers either believed she shouldn’t be in public school or that she was faking her vision loss. She is keenly aware of the need for greater understanding of blindness by the public.

 

Hill’s purpose in writing this book is two-fold: to open the eyes of the sighted world about blindness and to give blind teens a role-model like themselves. Sighted readers can meet an authentic blind person in the safe setting of an exciting mystery adventure. Blind teens and adults get a rare opportunity to see themselves in fiction.

 

A long-time street performer in Philadelphia, online journalist and contributor to local newspapers, Hill’s short stories and memoirs appear in magazines including Magnets & Ladders, Slate & Style and the Braille Monitor. Books featuring her writing include Behind Our Eyes: a Second Look (anthology, 2013); On the Wings of Pink Angels (Dawn Colclasure, 2012); and Now: Embracing the Present Moment (Rick Singer, 2011).

 

A talk show host and producer for RICB, a radio reading service for blind people in Philadelphia, her coverage of the Carter Inauguration marked the first time a blind representative of such a service was awarded national press credentials. Hill also interviewed local and national celebrities, including the late blind guitarist Doc Watson. Dr. Kent Gustavson interviewed Hill for his biography of Watson, Blind, But Now I See (2010).

 

An experienced talk-show guest, she has been interviewed by psychologist Dr. James Sutton (The Changing Behavior Network), Janie Degenshein   (On the Bright Side WTOE radio), Nancy Reed and Lisa Smith (Big Blend Magazine’s Champaign Sundays) and has appeared on Eyes on Success, Disability Matters and Blind & Beyond among others. She was recognized by Stanford University’s Stanford Social Innovations Review, “Third Sector Grit” (July 2010).

 

Donna self-produced three recordings of her music.  Rainbow Colors  and Harvest, as Donna Weiss, and The Last Straw as Donna Hill.  When her first album debuted, she appeared on Fresh Air with Terry Gross (WHYY-fm. She appeared multiple times on  WHYY’s Sunday evening folk music show with the “Dean of Folk DJs” Gene Shay.

 

Her book Unopened Gifts, (1994, published with a grant from Lutheran Brotherhood) was used to help congregations integrate people with disabilities.

 

Contact her for classes, workshops, etc.:

http://DonnaWHill.com

 

 

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17 Responses to AUTHOR’S CORNER: Introducing Donna W. Hill

  1. Meredith Burton says:

    Welcome, Mrs. Donna! I loved this feature about you.

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    • Patty says:

      Hi Meredith.

      How wonderful for you to comment and welcome Donna in such a great way.

      Thanks so much.

      PS. Could you please email me?

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    • Hi Meredith, thank you. What’s with the “Mrs.?” I think it must be a Tennessee thing. I have two friends up here who are sisters and both had a hard time just calling me Donna. They’re from northeast Tennessee. So, I rest my case, whether I’m right or not. Blessings!

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  2. Hi Patty, What a nice surprise to find this welcoming post in my In Box! Thanks for sharing. I’m looking forward to working with you. Hugs from Donna & Mo, who says he’s half an hour late for his afternoon snack.

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  3. Patty & Meredith, Endearment and respect. Hmm. What is it with northern gals that we just feel like it’s saying, “Hey, you’re old?” I’m going to just stop mentioning it.

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  4. Reblogged this on SCAN-a-BLOG and commented:
    Sharing the story of Donna W. Hill, a friend and fellow author.
    My new copy of her book is right here on my desk. I am going to donate it to a middle-school in Kentucky, where my daughter, Ilsa Barry, is the librarian. It is a beautiful book!

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    • Hi Lynda, Thank you so much for your kind comments on my book and your donation of a copy to your daughter’s middle school. Let me know if she has any comments about it. And also thanks for sharing this on your site.

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  5. I enjoyed reading about my friend, Donna W. Hill, and I’ve shared this feature story on my SCAN-A-BLOG this morning, too. Well, I have 2 cats who are Miss Opal and Miss Bessie – they are SISTER-CATS, and they have a “Miss” in front of their names because they are from the SOUTH – sort of – Southern Ohio. Our little dog is from NC, and she is Miss Dixie Tulip – so I think it is just fine that our Pennsylvania friend can be called “Mrs. Donna Welcome to the Tell-it-to-the-world, Donna. Thanks, Patty.

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    • Patty says:

      Hi Lynda.

      Has Donna been on your Saturday is for Sharing?

      If no, you should write and invite her.

      If yes, please put the URL here in the comments.

      And.

      If no, please just go ahead and share the URL for that info.

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      • Patty, Lynda invited me to share something quite a while back. It’s on me that it hasn’t happened yet. I’m a little overwhelmed of late – well, maybe ‘of late’ is a bit too narrow of a time reference..

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      • Patty says:

        No hurry.

        She’s an interview series, and I just wondered if you were in the cue for that.

        Don’t stress.

        It’s all good.

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    • Patty says:

      Heck, not enough coffee.

      Go ahead and share the URL either way.

      LOL.

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