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Indianapolis, IN 46202
MFA Indiana University 2006
BA University of Kentucky 1996
Black Arts Movement, ethnic poetry collectives, art for social change
Winner, Lexi Rudnitsky Editor's Choice Award, Persea Books, 2011; Finalist, NAACP Image Award (Outstanding Literary Work-Poetry), 2010; Finalist, Hurston/Wright Legacy Award,2010; Finalist, Wick Poetry Prize, 2007; Finalist, Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award, 2007; Pushcart Prize Nominee, 2006
Books: dying in the scarecrows arms (poetry), Persea Books, 2018; \blak\ \al-fə bet\ (poetry), Persea Books, 2013; Cooling Board: A Long-Playing Poem, Red Hen Press, 2009.
Poetry in: Anthologies: Furious Flower: Seeding the Future of African American Poetry, Northwestern University Press, 2019; Resisting Arrest: Poems to Stretch the Sky, Jacar Press, 2016; The Break Beat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop, Haymarket Books, 2015; The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South, University of Georgia Press, 2007.
Journals: Callaloo, Crab Orchard Review, The Indianapolis Review, The Louisville Review, Ninth Letter, and Washington Square Review.