IN-PERSON: Ann Humphreys presents THE TAO OF HOOP: ON THE TRANSFORMATIONAL PRACTICE OF HULA HOOPING (SERIOUSLY THOUGH)
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 - Signing Line at 5:30 pm, Talk begins at 6:00 pm
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The Tao of Hoop is a philosophical memoir about how the humble hula-hoop transformed one woman's life...but, seriously, though Ann Humphreys was not aware that she didn't understand how to feel--something we don't learn about in school--until she very randomly (through crushing on a hot dude) found the hula-hoop at age 35. Having endured a life-altering loss as a teenager, Ann had learned to handle grief and pain through the time-honored Southern traditions of denial and repression. The hula-hoop broke those old patterns, allowing her to meet a new wave of challenges with a clear mind and an open heart.
Part story, part treatise, part inquiry, part self-help guide--The Tao of Hoop is a raw, poetic, and captivating read you will have a hard time putting down.
Ann Humphreys was born in Winston-Salem and has lived much of her life in North Carolina. She graduated with high honors from Barnard College and obtained her MFA in Poetry from the Warren Wilson Program for Writers. She has worked as a server at Chapel Hill's legendary Pepper's Pizza, an editorial assistant at the local ad-free publication The Sun Magazine, a mitigation investigator in North Carolina death-penalty appeals cases, and a world-renowned professional hula-hoop teacher. In 2005, she published her first book: a collection of poetry called Which Lies Are Necessary? During the Covid pandemic, she crowdfunded $10K to publish her new memoir The Tao of Hoop: On the Transformational Practice of Hula-Hooping (Seriously, Though).