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