America Hart is the pen name of author Carolyn Jean Hart.
The name is taken from my great great grandmother, America Vandalia Cotton, and my grandmother "Meck" Cowger Hart.

I have written two novels that blend poetry and prose, and have just completed a historical novel that takes place on a plantation in the U.S. South. All of my work is literary and innovative in style, while keeping to a strong "tale."

My book into the silence: the fishing story is the tale of a young woman's journey to become a music composer. The book blends poetry, prose, and musical structures into a narrative, and is published by Red Hen Press (Autumn 2014). Library Journal has named the novel one of the 15 top indie titles of Autumn. Read more here.

My most recent novel Waiting in the Rain: The Blood Notebook draws on my academic research in African and Diasporic literatures, and the study of Trans-Atlantic diasporas, including my fieldwork in Ghana, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Jamaica.

I received my PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, in 2006. I also hold a B.Mus. in Piano Performance and an MA in Creative Writing, both from the University of Colorado-Boulder, and an MA in Africana Studies from New York University. I designed and currently run the MA Creative Writing program at London Metropolitan University in England.

Director, MA Creative Writing
Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing Academic profile
London Metropolitan University


  • into the silence: the fishing story. A novel blending poetry and prose. Red Hen Press, Los Angeles (2014)
  • Aurora. A novel blending poetry and prose.
  • This Empty Room: A Collection of Short Stories.
  • Waiting in the Rain: The Blood Notebook. A historical novel. (220,000 words)

    Excerpts of Aurora have appeared as prose poems in Shearsman Magazine, Blackbox Manifold, and Stride Magazine in the UK. Other fiction has appeared in literary magazines known for publishing innovative wriitng in the US such as Sniper Logic and Black Ice. I have received several grants and awards for both my academic and creative work.

  • The focus of my academic research is literature of Africa and its diaspora, and Trans-Atlantic diasporas—history, theory, and literatures—as well as twentieth century and contemporary American literatures. I have published several articles in peer reviewed journals and edited collections. My book Transgressive Texts: Production and Reception of African and Diasporic Literatures is in progress.