2024 Ph.D., University of Cincinnati, English: Creative Nonfiction Writing

2020 M.F.A., University of Iowa, English: Creative Nonfiction Writing 

2020 Graduate Certificate, University of Iowa, African American Studies

2016 B.A., Roosevelt University, English, Minors: Writing and Media Studies 

2014 University of Sussex, Study Abroad

2014 A.A., City Colleges of Chicago, General Studies 


University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH:

2021-2023 Graduate Instructor, Creative Writing 

  • Spring 2021: Intro to Creative Nonfiction Writing 
  • Fall 2022: Creative Writing for Social Change 

2021 Rhetoric/Writing Adjunct Instructor, Summer STEM Bridge Program 

2020—2022 Graduate Instructor, English 1001: Composition

  • Fall 2020/Spring 2021/Summer 2021/Summer 2022: Analyzing and Writing About Popular Culture 

University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA:

2019—2020 Graduate Instructor, Creative Writing 

  • Spring 2020: The Art and Craft of Culture Writing: Taking the Guilt Out of Guilty Pleasures

2017—2019  Graduate Instructor, English 1200: Interpretation of Literature

  • Spring 2019: Service-Learning Section: The Voices of Children of Color
  • Fall 2019: Love Stories
  • Summer 2018: Love Stories
  • Fall 2017/Spring 2018: Yourself Through Other Voices

2017—2019 Instructor, Creative Nonfiction Writing Program Outreach Master Classes

  • Fall 2019: I Swear It Really Happened: Writing Memorable Experiences from Forgotten Memories
  • Spring 2019: What the Music Said: Understanding the World Through Sound
  • Fall 2019: Everybody Got Jokes
  • Spring 2018: Is It Over Already!?: Creating Heroes and Villains You Never Want to Leave
  • Fall 2017: Talk that Talk: Writing Dynamic Dialogue Other

2019 Visiting Writer, Iowa Youth Writers Conference, Iowa City, IA

2019 Visiting Writer, Alabama State University, Montgomery, AL

2019 Visiting Writer, Southeast Junior High School, Iowa City, IA

2018 Visiting Writer, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY

2017 Apprentice Teaching Artist, The Viola Project Shakespeare Camp, Chicago, IL


University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH:

2021 Graduate Assistant, Digital Scholarship Center 

2020—2021 Tutor, Academic Writing Center 

University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA:

2019—2020 Tutor, Department of Rhetoric, Writing Center

2020 Tutor, Department of Engineering Thesis Writing Boot Camp

2018 Program Associate (New Instructor Mentor), General Education Literature Colloquium


2018 Reading Assessment Specialist Intern, College Board, Iowa City, IA



2020 Cereal Magazine, “Liberation through Abstraction: An Interview with Torkwese Dyson” 


2021 TriQuarterly, “East Side Crazy” (Pushcart Prize nominee). 

2019 The Seventh Wave, “Picture Me Rollin.”

2018 The Rumpus Literary Magazine, “If You Let Me Tell You a Story.”


2019 Gusher Magazine, “She Begat This: 20 Years of the Miseducation.”


University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH:

2020 Albert C. Yates Fellowship 

2022 Second Prize, Robin Sheets Critical Essay Prize

2022 First Prize, Literary Nonfiction Prize

University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA:

2019 Diversity Fellowship

2019 MFA Summer Research Fellowship

2018 Iowa Black Alumni Association Scholarship

2018 Geneva Fellowship

2018 Peace and Justice Fellowship


2021 Nominee, Pushcart Prize, “East Side Crazy,” TriQuarterly

2018—2019 Programing Fellow, The Center for Afrofuturist Studies


2019 Lakeside Lab Summer Residency, Milton, IA

2019 The Seventh Wave Rhinebeck Residency, Rhinebeck, NY


University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA:

2019 Panelist/Reader, Writing About Violence: Ethics, Aesthetics, and Subject Positions, Craft, Critique, Culture Conference

2019 Reader, Anthology Reading Series

2018 Reader, Speak Easy Reading Series


2019 Reader, Peace and Justice Fellowship Reading, University of Alabama, Montgomery, AL

2017 Reader, Writers of Color Reading w/Danez Smith, Witching Hour Festival, Iowa City, IA


University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA:

2019—2020 Member, Writing While Black and Brown

2019—2020 Host, Anthology Reading Series

2017—2020, General Education Literature Textbook Committee

2019 Mentor, Interpretation of Literature Grant Wood Elementary School Reading Program

2018—2019 Ambassador, Creative Nonfiction Writing Program

2018 Judge, University of Iowa Press Prize in Creative Nonfiction

2018 Mentor, English Department MFA/Ph.D. Application Mentorship Seminar