I'm the author of three books of poetry : The Gospel of Barbecue (Kent State, 2000), which was chosen by Lucille Clifton for the 1999 Wick Poetry Prize; Outlandish Blues (Wesleyan, 2000); and Red Clay Suite (Southern Illinois, 2007), which was chosen by Dorianne Laux for the second prize winner of the Crab Orchard Open Competition Series. I have won an award from the Rona Jaffe Foundation, and fellowships from The MacDowell Colony and the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. Currently, I am Associate Professor of English at University of Oklahoma. I am at work on my fourth book of poetry and my first novel.
Lucille Clifton, Toni Morrison, Ernest Gaines, Edward P. Jones, Guy de Maupassant, Alice Munro, Sherman Alexie, Walter Mosly
Changing Chords: African American Poets on Poetry and Poetics. University of Michigan Press, 2011 [Co-edited with Herman Beavers]
Kent State University Press
Wesleyan University Press
Southern Illinois University Press
Cooking, sewing, and above all, reading.
Women for Women
World Food Programme
Dzanc Books Creative Writing Sessions
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