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From Homer to #hasht
From Homer to #hashtags: Our Changing Language with Christine Hemp
Port Townsend Public Library - Carnegie Reading Room

Thursday, Jan. 17, 7:00-8:00pm
Though always evolving, language is undergoing an unprecedented shift, thanks to the digital age. Emojis, tweets, and hashtags are transforming how we write and converse. Some might argue that language has been diminished, but just as Homer’s epic Odyssey made sense of ancient Greece, a tweet can distill a feeling, a thought, or an idea.

Poet Christine Hemp explores these new forms of communication, connecting them with the language of the past. How do changes in language affect the way we think and feel about our world, our history, and ourselves?

Christine Hemp is a published poet, essayist, and art critic. She received her BA in Humanities from Willamette University and an MA in English from Middlebury College. Hemp is the recipient of a Washington State Artist Trust Fellowship for Literature and currently teaches poetry and nonfiction at Hugo House in Seattle. A poem of hers has traveled over 1.5 billion miles on a NASA mission to monitor the birth of stars.

Hemp lives in Port Townsend.
Sponsored by Humanities Washington and the Friends of the Port Townsend Library.
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