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My Good News

In August 2018, Barnes and Noble chose All the Colors We Will See as a Fall 2018 B&N Discover Great New Writers selection. It's such an honor to be included with this amazing group of authors and books.

In June 2018, The Charlotte Observer called the forthcoming All the Colors We Will See a book, "...to watch for," and included it in their list of best memoirs of the summer.

In June 2018, I was one of the featured speakers at the God's Whisper Farm Writers' Retreat. I lead a workshop on writing personal essays, read excerpts from my forthcoming essay collection, and participated in a discussion about publishing. Go here to read one participant's lovely summary of that weekend.

In January 2018, I taught the class, "Crafting the Personal Essay: Writing from Lived Experience," through CharlotteLit. What a fun day and a neat opportunity to help others learn how to tell their personal stories.

In November 2017, I had the opportunity to be part of Lenoir-Rhyne University's Visiting Writers Series. What a wonderful event and such a privilege to be part.

In August 2017, the NC Arts Council selected me as a 2017-2018 Artist Fellowship recipient. Read the announcement here and here. What an honor to be part of this amazing group of North Carolina prose and poetry writers, songwriters, and musical composers. 

In March 2017, Writers & Books selected me for a one week residency in Rochester, NY. Read the announcement here. Go here to read the essay I wrote about my wonderful time as the Writer-in-Residence.

In February 2017, I was part of the panel, "What Writers of Color Want White Editors to Know," at the annual AWP conference. Go here to read a recap.

In November 2016, Full Grown People selected my essay, "What Remains," as a Pushcart Prize nominee. Truly an honor. Read the announcement here.

In April 2016, Ruminate Magazine selected my essay, "Marching Toward Zion" as a 2016 VanderMey Nonfiction Prize Finalist.

In December 2015, the Arts & Science Council (ASC) selected me as one of the 2016 Regional Artist Project Grant (RAPG) recipients. I'm so grateful.

In April 2015, Ruminate Magazine selected my essay, "What Remains" as a 2015 VanderMey Nonfiction Prize Finalist.