I am interested in the ways in which language mimics and comments on the human condition. As a writer, I rely on Langston Hughes’ quote, which says, “I see everything that you don’t see.” If language offers a system of paradoxes, then the “unseen” offers a certain truth. Truth is where I begin as a poet in constant search for a language and set of syntactical patterns that will allow me to discourse on, as well as deconstruct, barriers regarding race, gender and all of the other “social constructs” that prevent (US) from being totally human. I am currently working on an epistolary memoir that operates at the intersection of theoretical inquiry and the creative imagination.
M.F.A., Poetry, Chicago State University
B.A., English, University of the District of Columbia
Pitch Dark Anarchy (Triquarterly/Northwestern University Press, Feb. 2nd, 2013)
Roxbury (Nonfiction, Kattywompus Press, Spring, 2012).
“Memory: Elvie Three Months after Rosetta's Funeral, 1954," Brilliant Corners: Journal of Jazz & Literature, (Spring 2013)
“Constructed Epiphany,” “Because a Bicycle Symphonizes Freedom,” “Aesthetic Freedom as Phenomena,” and “Flame Eternal: Echoes of 1822.” Black Cinema (University of Indiana, Spring 2013)The Lingua Franca of Ninth Street (Main Street Rag, 2009)
The Definition of Place (Main Street Rag, 2006)
ENGL 2217 African-American Literature I
ENGL 2218 African-American Literature II
ENGL 2267 Creative Writing I
ENGL 2268 Creative Writing II
ENGL 4481 Special Topics: Prison Literature
ENGL 4491 Special Topics: Advanced Poetry Workshop