Hilary has been a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers' Conference, a James D. Houston Fellow at the Community of Writers, and two-time attendee of Tin House Writers' Workshop. Her work has appeared in Mother Jones, Ecotone, Day One, The Southwest Review, and The Utne Reader and elsewhere. Long-listed for the 2018 Northern California Independent Booksellers' Award for Fiction, her novel Paper is White is a 2018 Foreword Indies silver medalist and the winner of the 2018 Independent Publishers' Book Awards (IPPY) in LGBT+ Fiction. Her novel Forget I Told You This is the inaugural winner of the Barbara DiBernard Award.
Lori Ostlund, author of After the Parade, writes of Forget I Told You This: "In this literary thriller made up of shifting identities and realities, where nothing and nobody is as they seem, one thing is constant: the penetrating insight and elegance of Zaid's prose."