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