I write and illustrate young adult novels. Grownup adults read them too.


I host The Longest Shortest Time, a WNYC podcast about surprising struggles in parenthood. I got my start with
This American Life.

Public Speaking

I speak at schools, businesses, and conferences about storytelling and how to get published. (My first book and radio story were both unsolicited submissions!)

My Radio Stories

I make The Longest Shortest Time, a parenting podcast produced in partnership with WNYC, and I’ve filed for lots of different public radio shows. I started at This American Life in 1999 with an unsolicited submission made on a shiny red boombox and a microcassette answering machine (see “Giantman” below). I’ve won awards from the Association for Women in Communications, the National Mental Health Association, and the Third Coast International Audio Festival. Here’s a sampling of my radio work.


What People Say About My Work

I love babies and I love being a mother, but I can safely say I hate treacly or cutesy stories about babies and motherhood. I hate them. This podcast is a revelation, because Hillary’s stories are smart, inventive and unafraid.


In a world of unedited, unfocused, way-too-long podcasts on every subject, The Longest Shortest Time is pithy, emotional, well-hosted, and makes me care about something I knew nothing about: the day-to-day and night-to-night experience of raising a baby.


As a parent, I know how hard it is to find storytelling about being a parent that doesn’t suck. That treats the person on the other end—conceivably a person with a kid—as not a stupid idiot that just wants simple, dumb, wrong advice. The Longest Shortest Time is a podcast that avoids all those traps, and tells stories that are complicated and interesting and moving.


Hillary Frank is fulfilling a desperate need by telling stories that matter about parenting in a way that I have just never heard before.

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Questions, Comments & Speaking Engagement Requests

I tailor my talks to each group’s needs. Tell me what you have in mind!