Fellowships & Awards

NYC Emerging Writers Fellow, Center for Fiction, 2018

Henry James Grant, Dickinson House residency,  2017

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellowship (fiction),  2015

Raveel Grant, Dickinson House residency,  2015

National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship (fiction),  2014

National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Hambidge Center residency,  2014

Pushcart Prize nomination & Editorial Prize (fiction), Tidal Basin Review,  2010

Rona Jaffe Foundation/Vermont Studio Center Fellowship residency,  2009

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

Traveler’s Tales Solas Award for Best Travel Writing, Honorable Mention,  2006

Walker Foundation Scholarship, Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown,  2006

Zora Neale Hurston/Bessie Head Fiction Award, Chicago State University’s Gwendolyn Brooks Center,  2004

Douglas Turner Ward/Alice Childress Scriptwriting Award, Chicago State University’s Gwendolyn Brooks Center,  2004

Fulbright U.S. Student Fellowship (Ghana, West Africa),  2002–03


Residencies & Workshops

Dickinson House, Belgium, residency,  2015, 2017

Hambidge Center, GA, residency,  2014

Kimbilio, NM, novel workshop with David Haynes, ZZ Packer, & Dolen Perkins-Valdez,  2013

Vermont Studio Center, VT, residency,  2010

VCCA, VA, residency,  2008

Pan African Literary Forum, Ghana, fiction workshop with Arthur Flowers & creative nonfiction workshop with Faith Adiele,  2008

Hedgebrook, WA, residency,  2007

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