CountyPrince George's County
MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)2019, 2016
Donna Hemans is the author of River Woman, which was a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in 2003 and co-winner of the 2003-2004 Towson University Prize for Literature. In 2015, she won the Lignum Vitae Una Marson Award for Adult Literature for her unpublished manuscript Tea by the Sea.
Donna's short fiction has also appeared in Caribbean Writer, Crab Orchard Review, MaComere: The Journal of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars, THEMA, Witness, and the anthology Stories from Blue Latitudes: Caribbean Women Writers at Home and Abroad.
She was the 2007-2008 Black Mountian Institute (University of Nevada, Las Vegas) International Women's Forum Fellow and twice served as the Lannan Visiting Creative Writer in Residence at Georgetown University. In 2015, she served as writer-in-residence at Iniversoty of the District of Columbia. In additon, Donna has recieved graunts from the Maryland State Arts Council and Prince George's County Arts Council, as well as residential fellowships from Hedgebrook, Millay Colony for the Arts and the Virgina Center for the Creative Arts.
She recieved her indergraduate degree in English and Media Studies from Fordham University and an MFA from American University.