University of New Orleans English professor Carolyn Hembree has won two national awards for her forthcoming book of poetry. Hembree's Rigging a Chevy into a Time Machine and Other Ways to Escape a Plague will be published in the spring of 2016 by Trio House Press.
Neil Shepard selected Hembree's book as the winner of the 2015 Trio Award, an annual award given by the Trio House Press for a first or second book of poetry by an emerging poet writing in English and currently living in the United States. Trio House Press, based in Sedalia, Colo., publishes distinct and innovative voices of emerging and established American poets.
Hembree also won the 2015 Marsh Hawk Press Rochelle Ratner Memorial Award, selected by Stephanie Strickland. Marsh Hawk Press is a poetry collective based in East Rockaway, NY. The judging process was blind for both awards.
Hembree is an assistant professor of English and the poetry editor of Bayou Magazine, UNO's literary journal. Her debut poetry collection, Skinny, was published by Kore Press in 2012. Her chapbook, Fever Dreams in Tongues without Skulls, came out from Nous-zōt Press in 2015.
Hembree's work has appeared in publications including Colorado Review, The Journal, Poetry Daily, The Southern Poetry Anthology and Verse Daily.