H.K. Hummel is the co-author of Short-form Creative Writing: A Writer's Guide and Anthology (Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2018) and author of two poetry chapbooks Boytreebird (Finishing Line Press, 2013) and Handmade Boats (Whale Sound, 2010). Her work has appeared in a variety of literary journals and anthologies, including: Hudson Review, Fourth River, Booth, Forgotten Women: A Tribute in Poetry (2017), If You Can Hear This: Poets Against an American Inauguration (2017), and The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume VI: Tennessee (2013). She is an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Cornel West questions, "How do you generate an elegance of earned self-togetherness so that you have a stick-to-it-ness in the face of the catastrophic and the calamitous and the horrendous and the scandalous and the monstrous?" To his list I might add, "...in the face of the mundane and the petty and the random and the heartbreaking?" Poetry is a tool of inquiry, problem solving, and introspection. Each poem works independently to prod, question, doubt, declare, observe, and confess.