MFA Indiana University 2006

BA University of Kentucky 1996

Academic interests

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.

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