Awards

Writing Awards & Fellowships

NYC Emerging Writers Fellowship, Center for Fiction, 2018
New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (fiction), 2015
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Literature Fellowship (fiction), 2014
Tidal Basin Review Editorial Prize & Pushcart Prize nomination (fiction), 2010
Africana Creative Nonfiction Award, Pan-African Literary Forum, 2008
Illinois Arts Council Fellowship (creative nonfiction), 2008
Transitions Abroad Narrative Travel Writing Contest, Second Place, 2007
Guild Complex Nonfiction Reading Series Award, Finalist, 2006
Travelers’ Tales Solas Award for Best Travel Writing, Honorable Mention, 2006
Walker Foundation Scholarship, Fine Arts Work Center, 2006
Zora Neale Hurston/Bessie Head Fiction Award, Chicago State University, 2004
Douglas Turner Ward/Alice Childress Scriptwriting Award, Chicago State University, 2004
Fulbright U.S. Student Fellowship, Ghana, West Africa, 2002–03

Fellowship Writing Residencies

The MacDowell Colony, NH, 2019
The Anderson Center, MN, 2019
Dickinson House, Belgium (Raveel Grant & Henry James Grant recipient), 2015/2017
Hambidge Center, GA (NEA Fellowship recipient), 2014
Vermont Studio Center, VT (Rona Jaffe Foundation Fellowship recipient), 2010
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, VA, 2008
Hedgebrook, WA, 2007

Writing Workshops

Kimbilio, NM ~ Novel workshop with David Haynes, ZZ Packer, & Dolen Perkins-Valdez, 2013
Pan African Literary Forum, Ghana ~ Fiction workshop with Arthur Flowers & creative nonfiction workshop with Faith Adiele, 2008
Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA ~ Novel workshop with Elizabeth Strout, 2006
VONA Foundation, CA ~ Fiction workshop with Cristina Garcia, 2006
Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation, DC ~ Novel workshop with Agymah Kamau, 2002