EDUCATION:

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 2020

B.A., Roosevelt University, English, Minors: Writing and Media Studies 2014 –2015

University of Sussex, Study Abroad 2014

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

TEACHING:

University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH:

2020—present Graduate Instructor, English 1001: Composition

  • Analyzing and Writing About Popular Culture 

University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA:

2019—2020 Graduate Instructor, Nonfiction Writing Program

  • 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

PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS

University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH:

2020 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

Other:

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

PUBLICATIONS

Features:

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

Essays:

2019 The Seventh Wave, “Picture Me Rollin.”

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

Reviews:

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

FELLOWSHIPS, SCHOLARSHIPS, AND AWARDS

University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH:

2020 Albert C. Yates Fellow 

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

Other:

2018—2019 Programing Fellow, The Center for Afrofuturist Studies

RESIDENCIES

2019 Lakeside Lab Summer Residency, Milton, IA

2019 The Seventh Wave Rhinebeck Residency, Rhinebeck, NY

READINGS & CONFERENCES

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

Other:

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

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA:

2019—Present Co-founder, Writing While Black and Brown

2019—Present Host, Anthology Reading Series

2017—Present Member, 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/PHD Application Mentorship Seminar