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
  • Creative Content & Social Media
  • English
  • English Department
  • Gender and Women's Studies
  • Writing Rhetoric and Digital Studies
(859) 257-7006
Research Interests:
Availability
Meetings, including office hours, are by appointment.  
Education

I sought to strengthen my creative writing with PhDs in English, Creative Writing and another in Women and Gender Studies from the University of Kansas. As a graduate student, I was fortunate enough to create an archival system for The Project on the History of Black Writing. I also worked as a program assistant with the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities and a grants coordinator with The Lied Center for the Performing Arts, the "Kennedy Center" of the Plains Region. 

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. 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.

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

As a writer, Hill engages in cultural productions; she creates a distinct archive. As an Assistant Professor at the University of Kentucky, Hill contributes to the academic mission of five or more areas of study – creative writing, American literature and cultural studies, African American and Africana Studies, digital humanities (The Department of Writing, Rhetoric and Digital Media), and women’s and gender studies. Her research stands in the intersections of these disciplinary studies.  She is particularly interested in themes concerning memory and the cultural legacy of intersectionality. It is at the crossroads of race and gender, subjectivity and collectivity, that her creative and intellectual power is embodied, remembered and rendered - often using aesthetic practices associated with remix theories.  In addition to the aforementioned, Hill has been practicing digital pedagogy for over 15 years. 

Hill's first published book is a co-edited collection of pedagogical essays for the National Writing Project entitled National Writing Project 2008 Professional Writing Retreat Anthology. Her second published book is an edited volume of essays about American culture entitled The Fluid Boundaries of Suffrage and Jim Crow: Staking Claims in the American Heartland. Hill has also published \ Vi-zə-bəl \ \ Teks-chərs \ (Visible Textures) a short collection of poems that incorporates GSP technologies and archival maps.  Hill has published a variety of essays, stories and poems in peer-reviewed publications.  A Bound Woman Is a Dangerous Thing is a memoir in verse/poetry manuscript that honors black women that have had experiences with incarceration, some of whom have organized resistance movements over the last two centuries. It is forthcoming with Bloomsbury. A sample media project that was born out of this manuscript, “Shut Up In My Bones”.  Hill's media projects and poems continue to be recognized within national and international communities. 

COMPLETED MONOGRAPHS IN CIRCULATION

1.     Willows in the Spring, a novel (represented by Sheedy Literary Agency)

PUBLISHED PEER-REVIEWED BOOKS

1.     A Bound Woman Is a Dangerous Thingmemoir in verse/poetry (forthcoming Bloomsbury)

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

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

PUBLISHED CHAPBOOKS

\ Vi-zə-bəl \ \ Teks-chərs \ Visible Textures. Lawrence: Mammoth Publications, April 2015.

BOOK IN PROGRESS

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. 

EDITED PEER-REVIEWED JOURNALS                                                                            

The Pierian Journal, “Dream’s Giddy Sound: Women and Their Role in Building a Nation.”

PUBLISHED POEMS

1.     “Revolution” Four Poets on the New Feminism”. ESPN. 24 Apr. 2017, http://www.espn.com/espnw/voices/article/19201723/four-poets-new-feminism. Accessed 5 Jun. 2017.

2.     “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. Curbside Splendor Publishing, 2017, pp 272.

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

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

5.     “119: To the Stars Through Difficulty.” To the Stars Through Difficulty 150 Kansas Poems – Celebrating Kansas' Sesquicentennial and Beyond, edited by Caryn Marriam-Goldberg, Mammoth Publications, 2012, pp. 120.  

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

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

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

9.     “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.  

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

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

12.  “Faith and Burden of Blinking”, Kweli Journal, edited by Laura Pegram, 31 December 2010, http://www.kwelijournal.org/poetry-1/2014/9/8/faith-and-the-burden-of-blinking-by-damaris-hill.    Accessed 5 Jun. 2017.

13.  “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.

14.  “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.

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

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

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

18.  “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.

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

PUBLISHED FICTION

1.     “Auntie Assata”, The Offing, edited by Mahogany L. Browne, 10 May 2017, https://theoffingmag.com/micro/auntie-assata/. Accessed 5 Jun 2017.

2.     “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 5 Jun 2017.

3.     “On the Other Side of Heaven – 1957.” Reverie: Midwest African American Literature, edited by Randal Horton, Feb 2011, pp.72-77.

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

5.     “Lingers” Sleet Magazine (irregulars), edited by Susan Solomon, vol. 3, no. 1,  Spr. 2011, http://www.sleetmagazine.com/selected/Hill_v3n1.html. Accessed 5 Jun 2017.

PUBLISHED CREATIVE NON-FICTION

1.     “Concrete.” Introduction to Women’s Studies. L.A. Saraswati, Barbara Shaw, and Heather Rellihan, Eds.  New York: Oxford University Press. February 2017.

2.     “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 10 May 2017.

3.     “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.     

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

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

PUBLISHED ACADEMIC ARTICLES

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

2.     “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.

PUBLISHED CREATIVE COLLABORATIONS

1.     “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.

2.     “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.

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

ACADEMIC REVIEWS, REFERENCES and ADDITIONAL PUBLICATIONS

1.     “Du Bois’s Great War: Nationalism and Negotiating Identity for Black Children” Maryland Humanities Council. 28 June 2017. https://www.mdhumanities.org/2017/06/du-boiss-great-war-nationalism-and-negotiating-identity-for-black-children/. Accessed 29 Jun 2017.

2.     “Kentucky to Kansas Connections: A Donation of Four Migration Histories and Photos”. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History.  March 2017.  In process of being digitized and archived.

3.     “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.

4.     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.

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

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

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

INTERVIEWS

1.     Television interview produced by Cameron Owens.  Midday Kentucky.  WTVQ, ABC 36 News. “Women’s History Month with Dr. DaMaris B. Hill.” 21 March 2017. http://www.wtvq.com/2017/03/21/womens-history-month-dr-damaris-b-hill/. Accessed 11 Jun 2017.

2.     Radio interview by David Cole. Office Hours. WRFL.  “Office Hours with Buck Ryan and DaMaris Hill”.  10 September 2014. https://www.as.uky.edu/podcasts/office-hours-buck-ryan-and-damaris-hill. Accessed 18 Sep. 2016.

3.     Radio interview by Marc Steiner. The Marc Steiner Show. “Remembering Octavia Butler” 23 June 2014. [National Public Radio] 23 Jun. 2014, http://www.steinershow.org/podcasts/octavia-butler/. Accessed 18 Sep. 2016.

4.     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. https://www.as.uky.edu/podcasts/damaris-hill-and-nathan-moore-discuss-afrofuturism-wuky. Accessed 18 Sep 2016. 

5.     Radio interview by Tom Godell. UK Perspectives on WUKY. “A Conversation With DaMaris B. Hill from WUKY” [WUKY is an affiliate of National Public Radio], 25 October 2013. https://www.as.uky.edu/podcasts/conversation-damaris-b-hill-wuky. Accessed 18 Sep. 2016.

Graduate Training

EDUCATION

University of Kansas, PhD in English - Creative Writing                                                                      2012

Dissertation title:  Willows in the Spring

Certificate: Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies                                                                           2011

Morgan State University, MA in English                                                                                              2005

                  Thesis title:  Knowing: Lucille Clifton and the Great Mother’s Guiding Light

Morgan State University, BA in English, Minor Studies in Psychology                                                1999

 

ADDITIONAL PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS

Holocaust Educators Network (HEN), City University of New York and Lehman College      2010

       Research Administration 101; KU Research and Graduate Studies,  University of Kansas   2008

       Teacher Consultant Certification, National Writing Project, Towson, Maryland                       2004

Selected Publications: 
COMPLETED MONOGRAPHS IN CIRCULATION
Willows in the Spring, a novel (represented by Sheedy Literary Agency)
 
PUBLISHED BOOKS (PEER REVIEWED)
1. A Bound Woman Is a Dangerous Thing, memoir in verse/poetry (forthcoming by Bloomsbury Publishing)
2. The Fluid Boundaries of Suffrage and Jim Crow: Staking Claims in the American Heartland. Lexington Books, 2016. 
3. Hill, DaMaris B. and Nicole LaMonaca National Writing Project 2008 Professional Writing Retreat Anthology. National Writing Project, 2009.
 
PUBLISHED CHAPBOOKS (PEER REVIEWED)
\ Vi-zə-bəl \ \ Teks-chərs \ Visible Textures. Lawrence: Mammoth Publications, April 2015. 
 
PUBLISHED BOOK CHAPTERS
1. “Concrete.” Introduction to Women’s Studies. L.A. Saraswati, Barbara Shaw, and Heather Rellihan, Eds.  New York: Oxford University Press. February 2017.
2. “Introduction”. The Fluid Boundaries of Suffrage and Jim Crow: Staking Claims in the American Heartland. Lexington Books, 2016. 
3. “Editor’s Note: Claims of Memory and Space”. The Fluid Boundaries of Suffrage and Jim Crow: Staking Claims in the American Heartland. Lexington Books, 2016. 
4. “Conclusion”. The Fluid Boundaries of Suffrage and Jim Crow: Staking Claims in the American Heartland. Lexington Books, 2016. 

 

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