curriculum vitae

Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, VA
MFA, Creative Writing

Spelman College
Atlanta, GA
BA, English

Associate Professor
Virginia Union University

Interim Chairperson
Virginia Union University

Writing Specialist
Virginia State University

Delaware State University
Morgan State University
Virginia State University
John Tyler Community College
Virginia Commonwealth University

The Poetry Foundation Fellowship, Furious Flower Poetry Center Legacy Seminar  2019

Personality of the Week, Richmond Free Press  11.18

Vermont Studio Center Artist Grant   8.18

Finalist, Rita Dove Poetry Prize, Salem College Center for Women Writers  6.18

Nominee, Best of the Net 5.18

The Poetry Foundation Fellowship, Furious Flower Poetry Center Legacy Seminar  2017

Sundress Academy for the Arts Fellowship, Tennessee Arts Commission  2017

Professional Development Grant, Virginia Union University  2015

Professional Development Grant, Virginia Union University Center for International Education  2015

Semi-Finalist, Crab Orchard Review First Book Award  2013

Robert Haacke Scholar-Teacher Award, College English Association 2013

Professional Development Grant, Virginia State University 2013

Arts in Education Grant, Delaware Division of the Arts   2010

Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Artist Grant   2006

Arts in Education Grant, Virginia Commission for the Arts 2006

First Place, National Arts Program  2004

Nominee, AWP Intro Journals Award 2001

Hurston Wright Foundation Work Study Grant 1998 – 2001

Individual Artist Fellowship, Virginia Commission for the Arts 2001

Resident, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts 11.19

Fellow, The Living Truth: Nikki Giovanni Legacy Seminar, Furious Flower Poetry Center 6.19

Resident, Vermont Studio Center 8.18

Fellow, The Watering Hole Writing Retreat 12.17

Fellow, Facing It: Yusef Komunyakaa Legacy Seminar, Furious Flower Poetry Center  6.17

Finalist, Can Serrat Artist Residency 2014

Finalist, Summer Literary Seminars Unified Literary Contest  2007 & 2012

Fellow, Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop  2008 & 2011

Fellow, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts  6.06

Resident, Julia and David White Artists’ Colony 8.06

Finalist, University of Arizona Poetry Center Residency  2005

Semi-Finalist, Phillip Roth Residency in Creative Writing  2001

“Poetry as Witness”
[Panelist, Jessie Daniel Ames Lecture]
Southwestern University, Austin TX 3.20

Co-Editor, Revisiting the Elegy in the Black Lives Matter Era, Routledge                                    December 2019

“A Series of Survivals.” Revisiting the Elegy in the Black Lives Matter Era, Routledge December 2019

I Don’t Want To Love Like This: Soul Food Consumption As Social Capital & Resistance
[Co-Chair, Consuming Soul: The Historical Purposing of Food in African American Literature]
Midwest Modern Language Association, Kansas City MO  11.18

“P.S.K.” St. James Encyclopedia of Hip Hop Culture, 1st ed., St. James Press  2018

“The Roxanne Wars.”  St. James Encyclopedia of Hip Hop Culture, 1st ed., St. James Press 2018

We Are Ugly But We Are Here: Transcending the Margins of Black Womanhood
[Co-Chair, Awkward, Magic, and Professional: Transcending Traditional Definitions of Black Womanhood]
Multiethnic Literatures of the U.S., Las Vegas NV  5.18

Corporeal Code Switching: Emmett Till As A Symbol of the Lived Black Body
[Co-Chair, Black Boy Beyond the Metropolis: Emmett Till and the Trope of Disembodiment]
College Language Association, Chicago IL   4.18

Here is My Body Broken For You
Repasting the Elegy: Public Mourning Rituals
Midwest Modern Language Association, Cincinnati OH  11.17

“Drawing the Line: Crafting Line Breaks”                                                                                        [Workshop Facilitator, Summer Student Workshops]
Podium Foundation, Richmond VA  8.17

No Easy Demon: How Good Girls of Color Navigate Identity
Black Girls and Women Symposium, Providence RI  9.17

The Body’s Performance of Trauma As Ekphrasis
Creative Writing (Poetry) Permanent Panel
Midwest Modern Language Association, St. Louis MO 11.16

Race and Descriptive Language
Open Source RVA with Angela Lehman WRIR 97.3, Richmond VA  7.17

Body Talk: Metaphor and the Body
Written By Ourselves: The Craft of Immobile Corporeality                                           Associated Writing Programs, Los Angeles CA  4.16

”Writing for Social Change”
[Workshop Facilitator, Professional Development for RPS Teachers]
Podium Foundation/T3.  Richmond Public Schools, Richmond VA  11.15

Breathing Lessons 101: text + images
Southern Writers Symposium, Fayetteville NC  10.15

Breathing Lessons 101: text + images
Across Arts: Mixed Media Poetry and Fiction
North American Review Bicentennial, Cedar Falls IA  6.15

How the Body Remembers: Corporeal Ekphrasis
‘We Have Art…’: Practicing Ekphrasis in Poetry Related to Corporeality
Northeast Modern Language Association, Toronto ON   4.15

The Natural Landscape as Personal Boundary
College English Association, Savannah GA  4.13

Balancing Act: Exploring Jonestown as an Exercise in Conscious Creativity
Contrary Instincts for Black Women Poets
Northeast Modern Language Association, Boston MA  3.13

People Not Like Us: Reimagining the Peoples Temple
College English Association, Richmond VA  3.12

Manipulating the Moment: Writing Center Kairos
National Conference of Peer Tutors of Writing, Miami FL  11.11

Poetry for Black Lives: A Conversation and Reading
Ball State University Honors College, Muncie IN 4.20

Seen: Expanding Notions of Black Womanhood
Visions of Self in Drama, Poetry, and Fiction
College English Association, New Orleans LA 3.19

Revisiting the Elegy in the Black Lives Matters Era [Roundtable]
Multi-ethnic Literatures of the U.S., Cincinnati OH  3.19

“We Are Ugly But We Are Here: Navigating the Cultural Aesthetic of Black Womanhood”
The Dystopian Utopian Body
South Atlantic Modern Languages Association, Jacksonville FL  11.16

“Performing Trauma: The Movement Missing from the Movement”
Dillard University/Harvard Hutchins Center Black Arts Movement Conference, New Orleans NO 9.16

“How the Body Remembers: The Body’s Performance of Trauma”
College English Association, Denver CO  3.16

“Money, Cash, Hoes: Hip Hop As A Performance of War”
National Black Writers’ Conference – Medgar Evers College, New York NY  3.16

“Start Here: Using Baldwin to Build Confident Writers in the Composition Classroom”
James Baldwin Conference – American University of Paris, Paris France 5.16

“Money, Cash, Hoes: The Performance of War in Hip Hop”
Circling Our Wagons: Stories and Histories of Hip Hop Conference – Albany State University, Albany GA   4.15

“People Not Like Us: Re-Imagining the Peoples Temple Agricultural Project in the Tradition of Radical Christianity”
Christian Literature and Sustainability
South Atlantic Modern Languages Association, Atlanta GA  11.14