DaMaris B. Hill, PhD

  • Assistant Professor of English, Creative Writing and African American and Africana Studies
  • Faculty Affiliate for WIRED and Gender and Women's Studies
  • African American and Africana Studies
  • American Studies
  • English
  • English Department
  • Gender and Women's Studies
  • Roselle-Wired
1275 Patterson Office Tower
(859) 257-7006
Research Interests:
Availability
I am research leave the 2016-2017 academic year.  Meetings, including office hours, are by appointment.  
Education

Doctor of Philosophy:                                            University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS (2012), English - Creative Writing

Graduate Certification:                                          University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS (2011), Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Master of Arts:                                                       Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD (2005),  English

Bachelor of Arts:                                                    Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD (1999), English and Psychology

Biography

Dr. DaMaris B. Hill is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and African American and Africana Studies at the University of Kentucky.  She earned terminal degrees in English-Creative Writing and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from the University of Kansas.  She is a graduate of Morgan State University with degrees in English Literature and Creative Writing.

In 2008, Dr. Hill relocated from Baltimore, Maryland to Lawrence, Kansas in order to give greater attention to her creative writing. In addition to studying under and taking workshops with writers such as Lucille Clifton, Yusef Komunyakaa, Monifa Love-Asante, and Marita Golden, her development as a writer has also been enhanced by the institutional support of the The MacDowell Colony, Vermont Studio Center, Key West Literary Seminar/Writers Workshops, Callaloo Literary Writers Workshop, The Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities, The Project on the History of Black Writing, and Furious Flower Poetry Center.

Similar to her creative process, Dr. Hill’s scholarly research is interdisciplinary and examines the intersections between literary criticism, cultural studies, and digital humanities.  She has collaborated with other artists, such as Jennifer Rivera, in order to create companion paintings inspired by Hill's literary works. Her critical research explores the work of Lucille Clifton, Octavia Butler, Sonia Sanchez, and Toni Morrison.  

Blog Log

Fall 2015

http://aas200uk.blogspot.com

http://eng207uk.blogspot.com

http://www.kweek2015.blogspot.com

http://surfingforsaras.blogspot.com

http://ukbaartman.blogspot.com

http://ukbeyonce.blogspot.com

Spring 2015 

http://ukcorejazz.blogspot.com

http://ukjazzlit.blogspot.com

Fall 2014

http://www.belovedwired.blogspot.com

http://www.ukyaas200.blogspot.com

Spring 2014

http://www.eng207uky.blogspot.com

http://www.afrofuturelit.blogspot.com

http://www.prettypoliticspopculture.blogspot.com

Fall 2013

http://www.creativewritingremix.blogspot.com

http://www.ukaas200.blogspot.com

 

Research

Published Books

The Fluid Boundaries of Suffrage and Jim Crow: Staking Claims in the American Heartland. Lexington Books, 2016.

Visible Textures. Mammoth Publications,  2015.

Hill, DaMaris B. and Nicole LaMonaca, editors. National Writing Project 2008 Professional Writing Retreat Anthology.  National Writing Project, 2009.

Published Journal Articles

“Why Celebrate and Study Lucille Clifton’s Work?”  The Pierian Literary Journal, edited by Jeffery D. Mack, Spr. 2014,  pp.  29-30.

“Creating an Archetype: Mythological Lilith in Octavia Butler’s Dawn.” Warpland: A Journal of Black Literature and Ideas, vol. 12, no. 1, 2005, pp.  73-90.

Creative Non-Fiction

“Only Boys Have Fans”. ESPN(W).com. 07 Feb. 2016. http://espn.go.com/espnw/voices/article/14715131/only-boys-fans-growing-racing-florence-griffith-joyner. Accessed 18 Sep. 2016.

“Waking Barbie”(a memoir except). Sou’Wester: Women Writers Rock!, , edited by Valerie Vogrin and Allison Funk,  special issue of Sou’wester Literary Journal,  Jun. 2013, pp. 105-106.     

“My Maleness” (a memoir excerpt). Shadowbox:  A Showcase of Contemporary Non-fiction, edited by Harrison Candelaria Fletcher and John Michael Rivera, Spr. 2011.

“Glory Days” Impact: An Anthology of Short Memoirs, edited by C. Harris. Lewisburg: Telling Our Stories Press,  2012. 44.

Fiction                                        

“Gargoyle Boy.” (novel excerpt), Prison Industrial Complex and Capital Punishment, edited by Melanie Henderson,  a special issue of Tidal Basin Review, Spr. 2012, pp. 63-77, https://issuu.com/tidalbasin/docs/tidalbasinreviewspring2012?e=1698550/3201900. Accessed 18 Sep. 2016.

“On the Other Side of Heaven – 1957.” Reverie: Midwest African American Literature, edited by Randal Horton.

“Six-Word-Stories." Tongues of the Ocean:  Words and Writing from the Islands, edited by Nicollette Bethel and Sonia Farmer, Feb. 2011, tonguesoftheocean.wordpress.com/past-issues/february-2011/. Accessed 18 Sep. 2016.

“Lingers” Sleet Magazine (irregulars), edited by Susan Solomon, vol. 3, no. 1,  Spr. 2011, http://www.sleetmagazine.com/selected/Hill_v3n1.html. Accessed 18 Sep. 2016.

Poetry

“Grace for Bela’ Dona”.  The Funk Issue, edited by Anthony Bolden, special issue of American Studies Journal, vol. 52, no. 4,  2013, pp. 231.  

“A Love Poem for Sonia Sanchez.”, The Pierian Literary Journal,  Spr. 2013, pp. 34.

“119: To the Stars Through Difficulty.” To the Stars Through Difficulty 150 Kansas PoemsCelebrating Kansas' Sesquicentennial and Beyond, edited by Caryn Marriam-Goldberg, Mammoth Publications,  2012, pp. 120.  

“Lust and Gaines.”  Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism, vol. 11,  no. 2,  2013, pp. 147-148.

“The Love Song of Alice Clifton.”  Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalis, vol. 11, no. 2,  2013, pp. 61.

“Palms”, and “The Love Song of Alice Clifton.”  Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism,  vol. 11, no. 2, 2013, pp.  172-173.

“Stewing.” Poem of the Week – Blog This Rock.  Split This Rock Poetry Festival. 10 Aug. 2012, http://www.splitthisrock.org/poetry-database/poem/stewing. Accessed 18. Sep. 2016.   

“Dreaming in Shadows,” “Webs of Water,” and “Beatle.” Special Women’s Issue, edited by Mary Stone-Dockery, The Medulla Review,  Mar. 2012.

"The Dream: Windows" Blue Island Review Anthology, edited by Mary Stone Dockery and Gabriela Lemons, Nov. 2011.

"Faith and Burden of Blinking”, Kweli Journal, edited by Laura Pegram, 31 December 2010, http://www.kwelijournal.org/poetry/2014/9/8/faith-and-the-burden-of-blinking-by-damaris-hill?rq=hill. Accessed 18 Sep. 2016.

“Laura Dreams of Escape”, “Bewitched”, and “A Mermaid’s Stroll.”  Reverie: Midwest African American Literature, edited by Randal Horton, no. 1, vol. 4,  2010, pp. 74-76.

“The Concession of Annie Cutler” The Black Bottom: An African American Blog of Politics, Culture, and Social Activism, edited by Randal Maurice Jelks,   9 September 2010.

“Little Black Ballerina in Mississippi Clay”.  Mourning Katrina: A Poetic Response to Tragedy, edited by Joanne V. Gabbin, Mariner Media, Inc, 2009, pp. 143.

“On My Back” Bermuda Anthology of Poetry, edited by Mervyn Morris, Department of Community & Cultural Affairs, 2006,  pp. 5.

“What Hides in the Leaves” Women in Judaism: Contemporary Writings, 2003, http://sites.utoronto.ca/wjudaism/contemporary/contemp_index1.html. Accessed 18 Sep. 2016.

“Adam and Lilith's Haiku: Problems in Paradise.” Women in Judaism: Contemporary Writings, 2003, http://sites.utoronto.ca/wjudaism/contemporary/contemp_index1.html. Accessed 18 Sep. 2016.

“Lilith Blesses Leah” Women in Judaism: Contemporary Writings, 2003, http://sites.utoronto.ca/wjudaism/contemporary/contemp_index1.html. Accessed 18 Sep. 2016.

Academic Reviews

“Snake, Plume and Sea Songs.” Review of Syllables of the Wind, written by X’anath Caraza, American Studies, vol. 54, no. 2. Summer 2015, pp. 131-132.

Review of Feminist Digital Humanities Research Unghosting Apparitional Lesbian History an Experimental Scalar Project, written by Michelle Moravec, 2014.  http://scalar.usc.edu/works/unghosting-apparitional-lesbians/index  . Accessed 18 Sep 2016.

Reference and Additional Publications

"Baker, Augusta Braxton." African American National Biography, edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.  and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham. Oxford African American Studies Center, 2011.  

“Golden, Marita." African American National Biography, edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and  Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham. Oxford African American Studies Center,  2011.

“Golden, Marita.”  Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Women Writers, edited by Yolanda Page, Greenwood Publishing Group, 2007, pp. 218-222.

Creative Collaborations

“I Am Wind” a painting by artist Jennifer Rivera inspired by “Lust” a poem by DaMaris B. Hill.  Between the Lines – Poetry Inspired Abstract Paintings by Jennifer Rivera. Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art,  St. Joseph, MO,  September - November 2013.

 “Staccato” a painting by artist Jennifer Rivera inspired by “The Dance” a poem by DaMaris B. Hill for Art After Words – A Collaboration: Twenty-two Poetry Inspired Paintings,  South Wind Gallery, Topeka, KS,  March – June 2012.

“Reflection and Discussion Guide”. Walking On Water When The Ground Ain't Enuf edited by Stanice Anderson,   Shout to Glory, LLC., 2010.

Circulating Book Length Projects   

Willows of the Spring. a novel (represented by Sheedy Literary Agency)

Bound. a poetry manuscript

Circulating Publications 

“Mirrors and Windows: Black Poetry in this Era.”  American Studies Journal. Winter 2016. (academic article)

“Concrete.” Introduction to Women’s Studies. L.A. Saraswati, Barbara Shaw, and Heather Rellihan, Eds.  New York: Oxford University Press. February 2017. (book chapter/ creative non-fiction)

“Formed>In” Orion Magazine. Special Issue on Race, edited by Carolyn Finney. Summer 2016 (creative non-fiction)

“A Haiku for Gwendolyn Brooks” Revise the Psalm: Work Inspired by the Writings of Gwendolyn Brooks, edited by Quraysh Ali Lansana and Sandra Jackson-Opoku. (poetry)

Shame”. First Contact with One’s Own Femininity, edited by Katheryn Kelly and Meg Davis. ISSUU digital publication. (creative non-fiction)

“A Conversation with DaMaris B. Hill. ”Film interview by Shawnell Harrison. Black America II: A Documentary.

“Dumpster Diving.” Sex Crimes Against Black Girls: An Anthology, edited by Shantrelle P. Lewis and Yaba Amgborale Blay, Ph.D. (poetry)

“Pioneering and the Capitalist Wilderness in Toni Morrison.” (academic article)

The Salve Trade. Reginald Dwayne Betts, DaMaris Hill and Randall Horton. (co-written poetry chapbook)

In Progress Book Projects

My Motherhood and Masculinity is a memoir that I am writing to my son about nurturing men in our family and how each of them helped shape a feminist mother. 

Graduate Training

DaMaris B. Hill completed her graduate studies at the University of Kansas earning terminal degrees in English, Creative Writing and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her areas of focus include: Creative Writing, Fiction; Creative Writing, Poetry; 20th Century Literature; African American Studies; Women's Studies; Black Feminist Thought; Jazz Studies and Digital Humanities and Pedagogy.

Selected Publications: 

Books

Visible Textures. Lawrence: Mammoth Publications, 2015. Print

Staking Claims: The Fluid Boundaries of Suffrage and Jim Crow in the Heartland.  Lanham: Lexington Books, 2016. Print.

Willows of the Spring. a novel (being represented by an agent and is under revision)

Bound. a poetry manuscript 

National Writing Project 2008 Professional Writing Retreat Anthology.  (contributing co-coordinator/editor). Philadelphia: National Writing Project, 2009.

 

Journal Articles/Book Chapters

“Concrete.” Introduction to Women’s Studies. L.A. Saraswati, Barbara Shaw, and Heather Rellihan, Eds.  New York: Oxford University Press. (forthcoming 2016)

“Pioneering and the Capitalist Wilderness in Toni Morrison” Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism. Paula J. Giddings. (under review)

“Creating an Archetype: Mythological Lilith in Octavia Butler’s Dawn.” Warpland: A Journal of Black Literature and Ideas 12. 1 (2005):  73-90.

 

Creative Collaborations

“I Am Wind” a painting by artist Jennifer Rivera inspired by “Lust” a poem by DaMaris B. Hill.  Between the Lines – Poetry Inspired Abstract Paintings by Jennifer Rivera. Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art  St. Joseph, MO.  September - November 2013. Print.

The Salve Trade. Reginald Dwayne Betts, DaMaris Hill and Randall Horton. Detroit: Willow Books. Release Date: Forthcoming.  Print.

 “Staccato” a painting by artist Jennifer Rivera inspired by “The Dance” a poem by DaMaris B. Hill for Art After Words – A Collaboration: Twenty-two Poetry Inspired Paintings. South Wind Gallery,  Topeka, KS.  2012

“Reflection and Discussion Guide” a pedagogical contribution to Walking On Water When The Ground Ain't Enuf by Stanice Anderson.  Washington, DC:  Shout to Glory, LLC., 2010. Print.

 

Publications

Non-Fiction

“Waking Barbie”(a memoir except). Sou’Wester: Women Writers Rock!  Eds. Valerie Vogrin and Allison Funk. June 2013. Print

“My Maleness” (a memoir excerpt). Shadowbox:  A Showcase of Contemporary Non-fiction. Eds. Harrison Candelaria Fletcher and John Michael Rivera. Spring 2011. 15 June 2011. Web.

“Glory Days” Impact: An Anthology of Short Memoirs. Ed. C. Harris. Lewisburg: Telling Our Stories Press. 2012.Print.

 

Fiction                                  

“Gargoyle Boy.” (novel excerpt)  Tidal Basin Review - Special Issue: Prison Industrial Complex and Capital Punishment. Ed. Melanie Henderson. Spring 2012. Web and Print.

“On the Other Side of Heaven – 1957.” Reverie: Midwest African American Literature. Ed. Randal Horton. Fall 2011. Print.

"Tossed in storms. Woke in paradise." Tongues of the Ocean:  Words and Writing from the Islands. Eds. Nicollette Bethel and Sonia Farmer. Spring 2011. Web.

“Lingers” Sleet Magazine (irregulars). Ed. Susan Solomon.  Spring 2011. 15 April 2011. Web.

 

Poetry

"Grace for Bel'la Donna (a Go-Go groove)" reprinted and "daisies>YSIAD" The Watering Hole Inaugural Anthology Eds. Candace Wiley and Monifa Lemons. (forthcoming 2016).

“Grace for Bela’ Dona”.  American Studies Journal: The Funk Issue. 52.4. Eds. Randall M. Jelks and Sherrie Tucker. Guest Ed. Anthony Bolden.  2013. Print.

“Dumpster Diving.” Sex Crimes Against Black Girls: An Anthology. Eds. Shantrelle P. Lewis and Yaba Amgborale Blay, Ph.D. (forthcoming) Print.

“A Love Poem for Sonia Sanchez.” The Pierian Literary Journal.  Ed. Jeffrey Mack. (Spring 2013): 34. Print.

       “119:To the Stars Through Difficulty.” 150 Kansas Poems – Celebrating Kansas' Sesquicentennial and Beyond. Caryn Marriam-Goldberg. 2013. Web and Print.

“Lust and Gaines”, “Palms”, and “The Love Song of Alice Clifton.”  Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism. Paula J. Giddings. Spring 2013. Print. 

       “Stewing.” Poem of the Week – Blog This Rock.  Split This Rock Poetry Festival. 10 August  2012. Web.

“Dreaming in Shadows,” “Webs of Water,” and “Beatle.”  The Medulla Review – Special Women’s Issue. Ed. Mary Stone-Dockery. March 2012. Web and Print.

“Black Bird Medley (poems 1-5).” Tidal Basin Review - Special Issue: Prison Industrial Complex and Capital Punishment. Ed. Melanie Henderson. Spring 2012. Web and Print.

"The Dream: Windows" Blue Island Review Anthology. Eds. Mary Stone Dockery and Gabriela Lemons. 1 November 2011. Print.

“Faith and Burden of Blinking” Kweli Journal. Ed. Laura Pegram. 31 December 2010. Web.

“Laura Dreams of Escape”, “Bewitched”, and “A Mermaid’s Stroll.”  Reverie: Midwest African American Literature. Ed. Randal Horton. (2010). 5 September 2010. Print.

 “The Concession of Annie Cutler” The Black Bottom: An African American Blog of Politics, Culture, and Social Activism.  Ed. Randal Maurice Jelks.  9 September 2010. Web.

“Little Black Ballerina in Mississippi Clay”.  Mourning Katrina: A Poetic Response to Tragedy. Ed. Joanne V. Gabbin.  Buena Vista, Virginia: Mariner Media, Inc, 2009. Print.

“On My Back” Bermuda Anthology of Poetry.  Ed. Mervyn Morris. Hamilton, Bermuda: Department of Community & Cultural Affairs, 2006. Print.

“What Hides in the Leaves” Women in Judaism: Contemporary Writings. (2003): 11th entry.  26 November 2006. Web.

“Adam and Lilith's Haiku: Problems in Paradise.” Women in Judaism: Contemporary Writings.  (2003):  9th entry.  26 November 2006. Web.

“Lilith Blesses Leah” Women in Judaism: Contemporary Writings. (2003):  10th entry.  26 November 2006. Web.

 

Academic Reviews/Publications

“Snake, Plume and Sea Songs: a Review of Syllables of the Wind by X’anath Caraza.” American Studies. Vol. 54. No. 2. Summer 2015. Print.

AAS 200: Introduction to African American Studies. University of Kentucky – Google – Blogger-Fall 2015. <http://aas200uk.blogger.com>

ENG 207: Creative Writing in Digital Spaces at The University of Kentucky. University of Kentucky – Google – Blogger-Fall 2015. <http://eng207uk.blogspot.com>

Drake, Minaj and Mill Memes: A Micro-lesson on Intersectionality and Interpretations. University of Kentucky – Google – Blogger-Fall 2015. <http://kweek2015.blogspot.com>

ENG 168: All That Speak of Jazz: an Intellectual Inquiry in Jazz and Democracy

Core Requirement (Arts and Creativity)  and (U.S. Citizenship/Diversity/Community)

University of Kentucky – Google – Blogger-Spring 2015 <http://ukcorejazz.blogspot.com>

AAS 400-001:  Special Topics in African American Studies – Jazz Literature in African American Culture. University of Kentucky – Google – Blogger-Spring 2015. <http://ukjazzlit.blogspot.com>

Academic Reviews/Publications (continued)  

Surfing for Saras: Black Women in Webbed Worlds.  Kentucky – Google – Blogger-Fall 2014. <http://surfingforsaras.blogspot.com

A&S 100: Toni Morrison’s Tale of the Golden Triangle and Beloved. University of Kentucky – Google – Blogger-Fall 2014. <http://belovedwired.blogspot.com>

AAS 200: Introduction to African American Studies. University of Kentucky – Google – Blogger-Fall 2014. <http://ukyaas200.blogspot.com>

Review of Feminist Digital Humanities Research Unghosting Apparitional Lesbian History an Experimental Scalar Project by Michelle Moravec <http://scalar.usc.edu/works/unghosting-apparitional-lesbians/index>  Also found here:  http://www.hastac.org/blogs/michellemoravec/2013/12/02/unghosting-apparitional-lesbian-history-experimental-scalar-project

ENG 207: Creative Writing in Digital Spaces at The University of Kentucky. University of Kentucky – Google – Blogger-Spring 2014. <http://eng207uky.blogspot.com>

AAS 401: Special Topics in African American Studies: Afrofuturisms in  African American Literature at The University of Kentucky. University of Kentucky – Google – Blogger. Spring 2014 <http://afrofuturelit.blogspot.com>

AAS 401: Special Studies in African American Studies: The Politics of Physical Appearances in Popular Culture and African American Studies  at The University of Kentucky. University of Kentucky – Google – Blogger. Spring 2014 <http://prettypoliticspopculture.blogspot.com>

ENG 207: Creative Writing in Digital Spaces at The University of Kentucky. University of Kentucky – Google – Blogger-Fall 2013.  <http://creativewritingremix.blogspot.com>

AAS 200: Introduction to African American Studies at The University of Kentucky. University of Kentucky – Google – Blogger. Fall 2013. <http://ukaas200.blogspot.com>

 

Reference and Additional Publications

"Baker, Augusta Braxton." African American National Biography. Ed. Henry Louis Gates Jr. Ed. Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham. Oxford African American Studies Center. Wed Aug 24 00:34:10 EDT 2011. 1191 word count. <http://www.oxfordaasc.com.www2.lib.ku.edu:2048/article/opr/t001 /e 1937>

Encyclopedia /Reference Publications (continued)

 “Golden, Marita." African American National Biography. Ed. Henry Louis Gates Jr. Ed. Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham. Oxford African American Studies Center. Wed Aug 24 00:38:27 EDT 2011. 776 word count.<http://www.oxfordaasc.com.www2.lib.ku.edu:2048/article/opr/t0001/e2743>.

“Golden, Marita.”  Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Women Writers.  Ed. Yolanda Page. Greenwood Publishing Group.  United States, 2007. 218-222.

 

Personal Interviews

Radio interview by David Cole. Office Hours. “Office Hours with Buck Ryan and DaMaris Hill” 10 September 2014.

Radio interview by Marc Steiner. The Marc Steiner Show. “Remembering Octavia Butler” 23 June 2014. [National Public Radio]

Radio interview by Tom Godell. UK Perspectives on WUKY. “A Conversation With DaMaris B. Hill from WUKY” 25 October 2014. [WUKY is an affiliate of National Public Radio]

Radio interview by Tom Godell. UK Perspectives on WUKY. “A Conversation about Afrofuturism in African American Literature for WUKY/Tell Me More. ” 28 February 2014.

Film interview by Shawnell Harrison. Black America II: A Documentary (tentative title). “A Conversation with DaMaris B. Hill. ” Forthcoming. 

 

 

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