Kirsten Hemmy

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Kirsten Hemmys book, The Atrocity of Water was released in December 2010 by Press 53. Hemmy is the chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, Philosophy and Religion at Johnson C. Smith University. She is also a member of the Southern Humanities Council executive board. Hemmy has traveled and studied extensively in West Africa and is completing a book on Emma Brown, an Ibibio freedom fighter and political activist in Nigeria, as well as an interdisciplinary social entrepreneurship program with JCSU students and the Angela Davis School in Yembul, Senegal. Hemmys writing has been published in Amistad, Sonora Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Green Mountains Review, Callyx, Cake Magazine, Midwest Poetry Review, Lake Effect, Bellingham Review, Southern Humanities Review, Cream City Review, Smartish Pace, Antioch Review and elsewhere. She was the 2008 recipient of the Linda Flowers Literary Award has received the Academy of American Poets Award and has published interviews with poets such as Yusef Komunyakaa and Ralph Angel. She is currently working on an epistolary arts collaboration with Charlotte artist Antoine Williams.

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