DaMaris B. Hill’s most recent book, Breath Better Spent: Living Black Girlhood, is deemed “urgent” and “luminous” in a starred Publisher’s Weekly review. Her first book, A Bound Woman Is a Dangerous Thing, is a searing and powerful narrative-in-verse that bears witness to American women of color burdened by incarceration. It was an Amazon #1 Best Seller in African American Poetry and a Publishers Weekly Top 10 History Title for the season. Her digital work includes “Shut Up In My Bones”, a poem that uses “remix/pastiche, intertextuality, and irony as strategies of identity formation to remember and honor a specific cultural past, while at the same time working to construct visions of a better future”.
Similar to her creative process, Hill’s scholarly research is interdisciplinary. Hill’s other books include The Fluid Boundaries of Suffrage and Jim Crow: Staking Claims in the American Heartland, the chapbook, \Vi-zə-bəl\ \Teks-chərs\ (Visible Textures). Hill is a Professor of Creative Writing, English, and African American Studies at the University of Kentucky.