Barbara Dills

Art Discipline: 
Carbondale, CO
United States
Dates of Residence: 
Oct 17, 2016 to Nov 4, 2016

Barbara Dills wrote her first poem in second grade and has turned to writing as a way to explore and deepen her encounters with the world ever since. She is currently finishing her first book-length project, a memoir with the working title Hunka Sister: Lost and Found in Indian Country. Barbara studied English, Comparative Religion, and Anthropology at Smith and Dartmouth Colleges, receiving her B.A. degree from Smith in 1974. That summer, she followed her college boyfriend to the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota, where she had the privilege of living with a traditional Lakota family. Her forty-plus year relationship with that community is the inspiration for Hunka Sister. After more than three decades as a resident of Oregon, in late 2011 Barbara moved to a small mountain town on the west slope of the Colorado Rockies, where she currently works as a freelance grant writer and nonprofit consultant.