Education

MFA            2019            University of Mississippi                         Oxford, MS

BA               2016               Swarthmore College                          Swarthmore, PA

Degrees Awarded

  • Bachelor of Arts – English Literature and Black Studies with a Minor in Education
  • Master Fine Arts – Creative Writing

Teaching Experience

  • Instructor for ENG 300: Intro to Creative Writing – University of Mississippi (Fall 2017)
  • Teacher’s Assistant – University of Mississippi (2016-Present)
  • Teaching Artist – Artwell (2015-2016)
  • Teaching Artist – Philly Youth Poetry Movement (2013-2016)

Awards & Accolades

            2019 NAACP Image Award Finalist – Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry

o   2018 Pushcart Prize Winner o   2017 BOAAT Fellow
o   2018 Cave Canem Fellow o   2016 Callaloo Fellow
o   2017 Cave Canem Poetry Prize Winner o   2015-2017 Watering Hole Graduate Fellow

Books Published

  • Refuse (University of Pittsburgh Press, September 18th, 2018)

Selected Publications

  2018

o        “FLEX” POETRY Magazine
o        “Leslie Odom Jr. Sings Obama’s Anger on NPR”, “LAMENTATION (Black Jesus Remix)”, “Narcissus” The Furious Flower Anthology
o        “Moon Cricket” Ploughshares
o        “On the Night I Consider Coming Out to My Parents” Callaloo Journal
o        “The King is Dead, Long Live the King” Poets.Org (Poem-a-Day)
o        “The Academy of Acceptable Loss” The Rumpus
o        “Codeswitch Decomposing into Lil Wayne Lyric” The Pushcart Prize Anthology
o        “Translation” New York Times Magazine
o        “Poem in Which the Metaphor is Too Obvious” The Bettering American Poetry Anthology
  2017
o        “Narcissus” BOAAT Journal
o        “You Got McDonald’s Money?”, “San Zenon Repents” Prairie Schooner
o        “Verdict” Texas Review
o        “Leslie Odom Jr. Sings Obama’s Anger on NPR”, “Abuela Dice Que Spilled Salt Goes Over the Shoulder” The Adroit Journal