Hannah Palmatary


Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland
Education: B.A. Religion and Creative Writing (Honors), Washington and Lee University
B.S. Neuroscience, Washington and Lee University

Academic Interests: Hannah arrives at ITIA having recently completed her undergraduate thesis entitled, “How to Save a World: Examining Heidegger’s Poet with Marion’s Discourse of Praise,” which explored Heidegger’s later essays, particularly his notion of the ‘Poet for a destitute time’ and concluded that this Poet can be understood further, indeed identified in modernity and embodied in one’s own artistic making, when placed alongside and discussed in tangent with a theological notion of praise.

Questions that continue to permeate her academic work as well as her own art include: How is being-in-the-world as an artist different from other modes of being? What can be said as to the origin of artistic making, as well as the experience of encountering various artistic forms meaningfully? How does art and art making contribute to the living of a ‘good life?’ A focus on ontology, philosophical theology, and the sincere analysis of various artworks, particularly modern poetry, permeate her thinking. Some of her favorite religiously inclined thinkers include Heidegger, Kierkegaard, St Augustine, and Tillich. She continually finds herself inspired by poets including, but not limited to, Rilke, Dickinson, Mary Oliver, Ross Gay, and Kanye West. She hopes to expand her research this year into other art forms including choral music, theater, and stand-up comedy.

Other information: A deep lover and avid participant in the performing arts, Hannah has recently joined a St Andrews choral group: The Renaissance Singers. She can also be found on stage and has performed in many shows from Tennessee Williams to Shakespeare to modern musicals. Her love of performance inclines her towards different research inquiries such as the benefit of different modes of performance, the relationship between audience and performer, the interaction with art when performed in group, and intriguing issues of authenticity and self which arise during acting performances.

Her background in neuroscience and continual interest in the brain and basic biology contribute to her desire to examine notions of selfhood, identity, and creation. Hannah also enjoys interacting with animals, misses her horses dearly, and may be found befriending the seagulls as a result. She has moved to St Andrews with her partner, Taylor, who studies management for the stage and makes the best salads.