Academic interests

Black Arts Movement, ethnic poetry collectives, art for social change

Awards

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

Publications

Books: \blak\ \al-fə bet\ (poetry), Persea Books, 2013 Cooling Board: A Long-Playing Poem, Red Hen Press, 2009 Poetry in: Zoland Poetry Volume Two (Zoland Books 2008), The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South(University of Georgia Press 2007), Callaloo, Crab Orchard Review,Ninth Letter, and The Louisville Review.