Humanities Washington Event: From Homer to Hashtags: Our Changing Language with Christine Hemp

Presented by Humanities Washington and the Upper Skagit Library on August 18th at 4pm. This event requires pre-registration. Click here to register.  After you register, a Zoom link will emailed to you. Note: Registration requires submission of your email address to Humanities Washington for the purposes of an after-event survey.

Though always evolving, language is undergoing an unprecedented shift, thanks to the digital age. Emojis, tweets, and hashtags are transforming how we write and converse. Some might argue that language has been diminished, but just as Homer’s epic Odyssey made sense of ancient Greece, a tweet can distill a feeling, a thought, or an idea.

Poet Christine Hemp explores these new forms of communication, connecting them with the language of the past. How do changes in language affect the way we think and feel about our world, our history, and ourselves?

Christine Hemp is an author, poet, essayist and art critic. She received her BA in Humanities from Willamette University and an MA in English from Middlebury College. Hemp is the recipient of a Washington State Artist Trust Fellowship for Literature and teaches poetry and nonfiction at Hugo House in Seattle. A poem of hers has traveled over 1.5 billion miles on a NASA mission to monitor the birth of stars. Her newly released memoir, WILD RIDE HOME: Love, Loss, and a Little White Horse, takes place on the Olympic Peninsula.

Video Below: Christine Hemp discusses her 2019-2020 Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau talk, From Homer to #hashtags: Our Changing Language

Christine Hemp is the quintessential Humanities ambassador: Poet,
author, musician, artist, teacher, and speaker. She has offered her talents to
such people as elementary schoolchildren, U.S. Navy officers, Jamestown
S’Klallam Tribal elders, Microsoft managers, and National Park visitors. Her
program called “Connecting Chord” (first presented in London, UK and later in
Port Townsend) united youth offenders and law enforcement officers through the
writing of poetry. All her programs concentrate on the power of our own words
and how they make a difference. 
 
She earned her B.A. in Humanities from Willamette University
and her M.A. in English from Middlebury College. She has received numerous
awards for her poetry and nonfiction, including a Washington State Artist Trust
Fellowship for Literature. Her new memoir, WILD RIDE HOME: Love Loss, and a
Little White Horse was released from Arcade/Simon and Schuster earlier this
year. The Booklist review says “it seems like [this memoir] was written
directly from Hemp’s soul.” 
 
Christine Hemp is on the faculty at Hugo House Seattle and the University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival. She lives in Port Townsend with two horses, two cats, 
and one husband.  

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