Cameron Dezen Hammon obsesses over the romantic and religious in This Is My Body
in conversation with Krista Bremer
Friday 11/8, 6 pm
Author and musician Cameron Dezen Hammon’s memoir of faith and faltering weaves her zealous conversion to evangelicalism with the search for a more progressive and fluid theology, and the endurance of marriage with an unexpected obsession that threatens to upend her carefully constructed life. From speaking in tongues to street preaching, from biblically sanctioned discrimination to sexual assault, she invites readers inside this tender and harrowing quest for meaning. Part inspiring spiritual memoir, part incisive cultural critique, her story of finding and losing faith is ultimately one of rebuilding a truer, braver self.
Musician Cameron Dezen Hammon’s writing appears in The Kiss anthology from W. W. Norton, Ecotone, the Literary Review, the Houston Chronicle, NYLON, and elsewhere; and her essay “Infirmary Music” was named a notable in The Best American Essays 2017. She earned an MFA in creative writing from Seattle Pacific University and is a writer-in-residence for Writers in the Schools in Houston, where she lives with her family. This Is My Body is her debut book.
, , and (London). Her work has been featured on , and she has appeared in the PBS series . Her work has been translated and reprinted all over the world. In 2009, she was one of six American writers to receive a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award. She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, and a North Carolina Arts Fellowship, She lives in North Carolina with her husband Ismail and their two children and works as associate publisher of . is the author of the memoir A Tender Struggle. Her award-winning essays have appeared in national and international magazines and news outlets including