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Jill G. Hall is inspired to write about nature’s awe, love gone good and bad as well as life’s ironies. Released by She Writes Press in October 2015, her debut novel, The Black Velvet Coat, is a #1 Amazon Bestseller and an International Book Award Finalist for Best New Fiction. In 2016 she was selected as a (W2W) Writer to Watch by The Friends of the San Diego Central Library. Her poems have appeared in a variety of publications including A Year in Ink, San Diego Poetry Annual, The Avocet, and Wild Women, Wild Voices. On her blog CreaLivity she shares personal musings about the art of practicing a creative lifestyle.
To fashion her whimsical mosaics she uses found objects and brings them back to life. These art pieces are displayed in private homes, galleries and even a downtown San Diego street corner. She also dabbles in mixed media collage to visually express the motifs of her poems and stories. Stage performances have ranged from Macbeth to Music Man.
She believes everyone has the potential to be an artist and enjoys helping others find their creative paths toward fulfillment. Her forums for this include facilitating workshops for aspiring and practicing artists of all types at San Diego Writers, Ink where she also curates the art gallery. In addition, she hosts day retreats in her own studio at the J & J Ranch in Descanso. She is a past board president of San Diego Writers, Ink and currently chairs the Creative Catalyst Program for Individual Artists through the San Diego Foundation.
Jill’s tenure as an inner city public school educator spanned over twenty years incorporating her interest in the arts along the way. Positions have included being an Arts Magnet coordinator and serving on staff with the California Arts Project at San Diego State University. Her B.A. and master’s degrees are both from the University of San Diego and she holds a doctorate from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. In her spare time she enjoys nature walks, practicing yoga and tap dancing. She lives in San Diego with her husband Jerry and beagle-bassett Lucy.