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Rebe Huntman is a writer who is drawn to the physicality of language. How it moves, like the body in dance. How at the same time it transcends the material, granting opportunity to inhabit space in and between the real and imagined. Whether investigating the dance floors of Argentina or the farms and suburbs of the Midwest, her essays and poems are a meditation on fixity and fluidity, explorations of both her hope and fear that identity is larger than what might fit into neat categories.
A lover of photography, collage (both visual and written), and Afro-Cuban music and dance, Rebe’s artistic sensibilities stretch across mediums. From 1998-2009 she directed Chicago’s award-winning Danza Viva Center for World Dance, Art & Music and its resident dance company, One World Dance Theater. Her work as a choreographer has taken her to Cuba and South America to collaborate with native artists, been featured in Latina Magazine, Chicago Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, Fox and ABC News, and served as inspiration for much of her writing.
Rebe’s essays, poems, and short stories appear in such places as The Southern Review, Ninth Letter, Sonora Review, The Tampa Review, Juked, and The Pinch. A recipient of a 2016 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, she holds an MFA in creative writing from The Ohio State University and teaches creative writing at the Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus Ohio, where she shares a house with three cats, a Jack Russell Terrier, and a man named Rick. She is currently at work on a memoir that explores her search to connect not only with the memory of her own mother but also with a larger template of “the mother”—a maternal, feminine presence that she finds alive and revered in both the Catholic and African spiritual traditions of Cuba.
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