A beautiful and authentic conversation with Dr. DaMaris B. Hill on her inspiring new book, Breath Better Spent: Living Black Girlhood. We also cover her growing up and serving in the military plus what it is like to live in Kentucky especially after the murder of Breonna Taylor.

DaMaris B. Hill is the author of A Bound Woman Is a Dangerous Thing: The Incarceration of African American Women from Harriet Tubman to Sandra Bland (2020 NAACP Image Award nominee for Outstanding Literary Work in Poetry), The Fluid Boundaries of Suffrage and Jim Crow: Staking Claims in the American Heartland, \Vi-zə-bəl\ \Teks-chərs\(Visible Textures). Hill has studied with writers such as Lucille Clifton, Monifa Love-Asante, Natasha Trethewey, Nikky Finney, David Rivard, Deborah Willis, and others.

Her development as a writer has also been enhanced by the institutional support of MacDowell, Vermont Studio Center, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, 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, The Watering Hole Poetry, The Furious Flower Poetry Center, and others. Similar to her creative process, Hill’s scholarly research is interdisciplinary. Hill is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Kentucky.

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