EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL HISTORY:

M.F.A., University of Iowa, Creative Nonfiction Writing, Anticipated,  May 2020

Graduate Certificate, University of Iowa, African American Studies, Anticipated, May 2020

Graduate Certificate, University of Iowa, Public Digital Humanities, Anticipated, May 2020

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

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

Teaching Positions:

Iowa Youth Writers Conference, Visiting Writer, 2019

Alabama State University, Visiting Writer, 2019

Southeast Junior High School, Visiting Writer, 2019

University of Iowa, Interpretation of Literature, Sole  Service Learning Graduate Instructor, 2019—Present

University of Iowa, Interpretation of Literature, Summer Sole Graduate Instructor, 2018

University of Iowa, Interpretation of Literature, Sole Graduate Instructor, 2017- 2018

Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Visiting Writing, 2018

The Viola Project, Apprentice Teaching Artist, 2017

Professional Positions:

Tutor, Writing Center, University of Iowa, 2019—Present

Program Associate, General Education Literature New Instructor Colloquium, University of Iowa, 2018

Assessment Specialist Intern, College Board (Reading), 2018

Campus Talks

“Teaching Lemonade,” Film Department Colloquium, Anticipated Fall 2019

Campus Conferences:

“Picture Me Rolling,” Panel, CCC conference, Spring 2019

PUBLICATIONS:

Essays:

“Picture Me Rollin” The Seventh Wave, 2019 

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

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

FELLOWSHIPS AND SCHOLARSHIPS:

University of Iowa:

Iowa Black Alumni Association Scholarship, 2019

Graduate Diversity Fellowship, 2019

MFA Summer Research Fellowship, 2019

Geneva Fellowship, 2018

Peace and Justice Fellowship, 2018

Other:

The Center for Afrofuturist Studies, Programing Fellow, 2018-Present

RESIDENCIES

Writer in Residence, Lakeside Lab, 2019

Writer in Residence, The Seventh Wave, 2019 

SERVICE

University of Iowa:

Host, Anthology Reading Series, 2019—Present

Member, General Education Literature Textbook Committee, 2017—Present

Ambassador, Non-Fiction Writing Program, 2018—Present

Mentor, English Department MFA/PHD Mentorship Program, 2018

Instructor, Non-Fiction Writing Program Outreach Master Class (Humor), 2019

Instructor, Non-Fiction Writing Program Outreach Master Class (Writing about music), 2018

Instructor, Non-Fiction Writing Program Outreach Master Class (Dialogue), 2018

Instructor, Non-Fiction Writing Program Outreach Master Class (Character development), 2017

Other:

Writing Coach, Open Book Chicago, 2017