DaMaris B. Hill - "A Bound Woman is a Dangerous Thing" - Tara Betts

Friday, April 26, 2019 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
DaMaris B. Hill

Join us for a reading and discussion with DaMaris B. Hill, author of A Bound Woman is a Dangerous Thing. She will be joined in conversation by Tara Betts.

At the Co-op

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About the book: For black American women, the experience of being bound has taken many forms: from the bondage of slavery to the Reconstruction-era criminalization of women; from the brutal constraints of Jim Crow to our own era's prison industrial complex. DaMaris Hill's searing and powerful narrative-in-verse bears witness to American women of color burdened by incarceration. From Harriet Tubman to Assata Shakur, Ida B. Wells to Sandra Bland and Black Lives Matter, black women freedom fighters have braved violence, scorn, despair, and isolation. Hill honors their experiences with at times harrowing, at times hopeful responses to her heroes. Her passionate odes to Zora Neale Hurston, Lucille Clifton, Fannie Lou Hamer, Grace Jones, Eartha Kitt, and others also celebrate the modern-day inheritors of their load and light, binding history, author, and reader in an essential legacy of struggle. Illustrated with black-and-white photographs throughout.

About the author: DaMaris B. Hill has a keen interest in the work of Toni Morrison and theories regarding ‘rememory’ as a philosophy and aesthetic practice. Hill is inspired by the anxieties of our contemporary existence that are further complicated by fears that some linear narratives of history fail to be inclusive, stating “I belong to a generation of people who do not fear death, but are afraid that we may be forgotten.” In addition to working or taking creative writing workshops, Hill sought to strengthen her writing with a PhD in English and another in Women and Gender Studies. Hill serves University of Kentucky as an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing. She is the author of The Fluid Boundaries of Suffrage and Jim Crow: Staking Claims in the American Heartland, an edited collection of essays, and chapbook of poems entitled \ Vi-zə-bəl \ \ Teks-chərs \(Visible Textures). Her poetry collection, A Bound Woman Is a Dangerous Thing, is published with Bloomsbury.

About the interlocutor:   Tara Betts is the author of Break the Habit, Arc & Hue and the forthcoming Refuse to Disappear. She's a co-editor of The Beiging of America: Personal Narratives about Being Mixed Race in the 21st Century and editor of the critical edition of Philippa Duke Schuyler's memoir Adventures in Black and White. In addition to her work as a teaching artist and mentor for young poets, she's taught at Rutgers University, University of Illinois-Chicago, as well as the MFA Programs at Chicago State University and Stonecoast at University of Southern Maine.


Event Location: 
Seminary Co-op Bookstore
5751 South Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago 60637