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CV (Summer 2022)


Peer-reviewed Journal Essays

“ ‘The Sweet Meat of My Feelings’: The Ghost of LeRoi Jones and the (Re)Birth of a Nation.” Callaloo 41.2 (Fall 2018/2021: “Elegy” Issue; ed. Joshua Bennett).  pp. 124-145.

“Birthing America’s Kweer: Motherless Children Preach the Gospel of Mercy.” south. LI.1 (Fall 2019). pp. 298-317.

“ ‘She Is Twenty-Three Months Pregnant’: The Quare, Black Maternity, and Bob Kaufman’s Surreal Revision of the Migration Narrative.” Obsidian, 41.2 (Fall 2015). pp. 316-347.

Book Reviews

Brother Mine: The Correspondence of Jean Toomer and Waldo Frank by Kathleen Pfeiffer. Callaloo 37.3 (Summer 2014). pp. 735-739.

“The Beauty of Troubled Tongues.” Post No Ills. 22 January 2010.


“Rousing ‘Song’ rises with Angelou's tale of pain, persistence.” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. 13 April 2002.


Florida State University (Tallahassee, Fla., Fall 2020-Present)

                 Assistant Professor, Department of English  

                                   LIT 3383: Women in Literature: A Poetics of Hysteria (Spring 2024)

                                   CRW 3311: Poetic Technique: A Survey of Forms (Summer 2022)

                                   AML 4604: African American Literary Tradition: ‘Black Is Beautiful’: Poetics and Aesthetics, 1919-Present (Fall 2021)

                                   CRW 5331: Graduate Poetry Workshop (Spring 2022Fall 2020)

                                   CRW 4320: Advanced (Undergraduate) Poetry Workshop (Fall 2021 & Spring 2021)

                                   ENG 4943: Senior Seminar: “Intimacies Across Race and Time” (Spring 2022)

                                   ENG 3116: Introduction to Documentary Film (Spring 2021)

Mississippi University for Women (Columbus, Miss., Spring 2018-Present)

                  Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of English, Low-Residency MFA Faculty

                                    ENG 506: Poetry Workshop

                                    ENG 530/531: Forms of Poetry I & II

                                    ENG 598: Afrofuturism


Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, N.C., Fall 2019-Spring 2020)

                  Assistant Professor, Department of English

                                    CRW 100: Introduction to Creative Writing

                                    CRW 285: Documentary Poetics

                                    ENG 175: Multiethnic American Poetics
                                    ENG 302: “Black Is Beautiful”: African American Poetics and Aesthetics, 1919-2019


The University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, Ala., Fall 2016-Present)

                  Assistant Professor, Department of English

                                    ENG 200: Introduction to Creative Writing: The Living Writer (Fall 2018)

                                    ENG 249: African American Literature Survey (Fall 2016, Spring 2017)

                                    ENG 303: Poetry Tour (Fall 2016, Spring 2018)

                                    ENG 408: Special Topics: The Sonnet Sequence (Fall 2017)
                                   ENG 603: Poetry Workshop: Gendered Triumphs (Spring 2018)
                                   ENG 608: Special Topics: The Sonnet Sequence (Spring 2018)

                                    ENG 608: Special Topics: The Elegy (Fall 2016 Fall 2018)

                                    ENG 609: Limning The Art of … Series (Fall 2018)

                                    ENG 609: Playing in the Dark: Unleashing Childlike Curiosity (Fall 2017, Spring 2018)


Davidson College (Davidson, N.C., Fall 2015-Spring 2016)

                  Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of English

                                    WRI 101: Quare Harmonies, National Bodies: Rethinking “Queer” Through African American Poetics

                                    ENG 201: Professional Writing 

                                    ENG 202: Introduction to Creative Writing: Multi-genre

                                    ENG 203: Introduction to Creative Writing: Poetry

                                    ENG 282: African American Literature: Four Centuries of Elegaic Protest
                                    ENG 382: Black Sexualities
                                    ENG 383: Black Literature Since 1953


Conference Presentations & Appearances

June 17, 2022: “ ‘No One in the Streets … Believed It for a Moment’: Baldwin’s Southern Reportage: The Evidence of Things Not Seen and Racial and Social Discourse in the 21st Century.” La Maison Baldwin. Nice, France.

July 22, 2021:  Expanded Virtual Lecture: “The Changing Same: How Documentary Film + Poetics Can Subvert the Gaze of Ambivalence and Call Spectators into Antiracist Engagement with Black Lives.” Poets and Scholars Summer Writing Retreat @ the Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice at Rutgers University-Newark. With facilitators Airea D. Matthews, Naomi Jackson, and Gregory Pardlo and lecturers and respondents Teri Ellen Cross Davis, Anaïs Duplan, Yandon Israel, Rosemarie Peña, Laura Raicovich, Patrick Rosal, Arisa White, and Drs. Damaris B. Hill, Jonah Mixon-Webster, and Rachel Zolf.

Jan. 10, 2021: “ 'The Typology of Taint’: Natasha Trethewey’s Road Map for a Femme Future in the Global South.” MLA Virtual Panel: “After Morrison: Twenty-First-Century African Diasporic Cultural Production in the Wake of Toni Morrison. With
Drs. Jesse Goldberg, Simone C. Drake, and Ryan Sharp.

June 30, 2020:  The Changing Same: How Documentary Film + Poetics Can Subvert the Gaze of Ambivalence and Call Spectators

into Antiracist Engagement with Black Lives.” Virtual Panel: Black Matters: A Teach-In on Language, Literature, Rhetoric, Writing, and Verbal Art.” With Drs. Nikki Giovanni, Katie Carmichael, Sheila Carter-Tod, Silas Moon Cassinelli, Gena Chandler Smith, and Jennifer Sano-Franchini.


Oct. 8, 2019: “More Than a Metaphor: The Ethics of Writing Through a Legacy of Racialized Violence.” Frank Islam Anthenaeum Symposia Fall 2019 Series. Montgomery College. Germantown, Md.

July 25, 2019: “Lost Johnson, McKay Novels Extend the Arc of Satire in the New Negro Renaissance.” MLA International Symposium: “Remembering Lost Voices.” Universidade Católica Portuguesa-Lisbon.

July 24 2019: “Quaring Myths: The Poetics of Sun Ra and Gil Scott-Heron and the Black Maternal.” MLA International Symposium: “Remembering Lost Voices.” Universidade Católica Portuguesa-Lisbon.

Nov. 3, 2018: “The Erotic Freedom of ‘Black Girl Magic’: Fungible Trope to ‘Pynk’ Power.” Society of Utopian Studies Conference: “Disruption, Displacement, Disorder.” With UA MFA Sarah Barnes. University of California-Berkeley Clark Conference Center.

April 6, 2018: “A Mandrake’s Call from the Nadir to the Instagram, Fakebook Generation: A Wild Plaint’s Pivotal Role in Shifting the Arc of Protest in the African American Elegaic Tradition.” College Language Association. Holiday Inn Chicago-Mart Plaza River North.

March 10, 2018: “Intersectional/Quare.” “Bless Our Hearts: Teaching While Queer in the South.” Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference. Tampa Waterside Marriott. With Douglas Ray, Lu Vickers, Julie Marie Wade, and Brandy T. Wilson.

March 9,  2018: “Complex Narratives: A VIDA Voices and Views Disability Focus.” With Lydia X.Z. Brown and Lynne DeSilva-Johnson. Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference. Tampa Convention Center.

Nov. 10, 2017: “Write Like a Mother and Don’t Shut Ya Mouth: Or Birthing Burden Hill and Envisioning Black Liberation Amid White Nationalist Terror.” Society of Utopian Studies. DoubleTree Downtown Memphis.

April 7, 2017: “The Lyric Line.” Hendrix College. Bertie Wilson Murphy Building. Conway, Ark.

Feb. 10, 2017: “Beyond Sex: The Poetics of Desire.” With Remica L. Bingham-Risher, Sarah McCall, and Tim Seibles. Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference: Washington, D.C. Marriott Marquis Salon 5.

Feb. 9, 2017: “Take Me to the Water: How Poets of Color Migrated South and Built an Inclusive and Growing Community.” Panel Chair. With John S. Blake, DaMaris Hill, Monifa Lemons Jackson, and Grace Shuyi Liew. Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference: Washington, D.C. Washington Convention Center 207B.

April 2, 2016:  Association of Writers and Writing Programs, Los Angeles, Calif.:  Prairie Schooner Reception.

November 19, 2015: "Will Read for Food!" Fundraiser for Interactive Resource Center.  Featured Reader w/Ansel Elkins and other UNC-Greensboro MFA Faculty.


October 19, 2015: “The Good Writer: Literary Ethics and the Literary Artist.” Panelist. Davidson College. With Amy Bagwell,
Jeff Jackson 
and Alan Michael Parker.


October 16, 2015: West End Poetry Festival, Carrboro, N.C. Featured Reader @ Flyleaf Books Opening Reception. With Tsitsi Jaji, Terry L. Kennedy, Maria Rouphail, Crystal Simone Smith, and Gideon Young.

May 1-2, 2015: Northeast Modern Language Association Conference

“Remixing Ethnicity, Place, and Creative Writing," “Love and Loss in Modernist Poetry,” and “Excavating the Voice: Literature
of Nineteenth-century African-American Women: Alice Moore Dunbar-Nelson. ” With Jerry WempleChristina Milletti,
Ellen McWhorter,
Judah-Micah Lamar, et al. Northeast Modern Language Association Conference. Toronto, Ontario.
1-2 May 2015.


April 9, 2015: Association of Writers and Writing Programs, Minneapolis, Minn.: "The Big No: Taboo and Black Sexuality
in Contemporary American Poetry." With Kyle Dargan and Chet'la Sebree.


March 15, 2015: Sunday Kind of Love, Busboys and Poets, Washington, D.C.


Feb. 19, 2015:  Black History Month Program, Davidson College, Davidson, N.C.


Jan. 28, 2015: Visiting Writer Series, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattisburg, Miss.

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