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Jane Hilberry

Professor of Creativity and Innovation; Schlosser Professor in the Arts

My greatest pleasure as a teacher lies in connecting students with their own sources of imagination and creativity. Studying how creativity works, doing my own creative work,, and fostering creativity in others is the foundation of my professional life. I came to CC with a PhD in Medieval and Renaissance literature and an M.A. in Creative Writing-Poetry, and I now teach mainly Creative Writing and poetry classes, with the occasional Shakespeare course thrown in. I’ve recently co-developed and co-taught, with Kathy Giuffre in the Sociology Department, a course called Creativity:  Theory and Practice, which involves students directly in creative experiments, including community projects such as building an outdoor classroom at the Colorado Springs alternative high school, Community Prep. 

I serve on the Creative Faculty at the Banff Centre’s Leadership Development program in Canada and on the national Association for Managers of Innovation Institute Planning Committee, as an outgrowth of my work teaching arts-based leadership development in organizational contexts. This interest outside the college is now integrating nicely with my work here, as the college initiates an Innovation Institute on campus.

In connection with the publication of my book of poems, Still the Animals Enter, I collaborated with three filmmakers Cynthia Lowen '01, Manhea Kim, and Juliana Arias Ruiz to produce three "motionpoems."  The links below will take you to the videos.

All A's

Crazy Jane / Body Painting


Other links:

"Not to be Removed from the Library": An Essay on Making Library Blocks

CC Faces of Innovation

Jim Moore and Company: A poetry reading by Jane Hilberry's poetry senior seminar.



Colorado Book Award for Poetry
Recognition Award for Poetry, Colorado Council on the Arts
Paul D. Fleck Fellowship, The Leighton Colonies, The Banff Centre
Colorado Endowment for the Humanities Research Grant


Still the Animals Enter, Red Hen Press

The Erotic Art of Edgar Britton, Ocean View Books

Body Painting, Red Hen Press

Get Smart: How Email Can Make or Break Your Career—and Your Organization, with Mary Lynn Pulley, Get Smart Publishing

This Awkward Art:  Poems by a Father and Daughter,  Mayapple Press

The Burden of the Beholder:  The Art of David Armstrong, The Press at Colorado College

Regular Classes

Beginning Poetry Writing
Advanced Poetry Writing
Senior Seminar:  Poetry Writing
Creativity:  Theory and Practice
Introduction to Shakespeare
Introduction to Poetry
Renaissance Culture


    B. A. Oberlin College 1980
    M. A. Indiana University 1984 (Literature) & 1987 (Creative Writing)
    Ph.D. Indiana University 1988