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fiction  .  .  .

“Family Tree,” Prairie Schooner, forthcoming 2020
“How to Kill Gra’ Coleman and Live to Tell About It (Vauxhall, NJ, c. 1949),” The Missouri Review, 2017

awarded a 2015 New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellowship
named one of “other distinguished stories of 2017” in The Best American Short Stories 2018

“Drought,” FLAPPERHOUSE, 2017

nominated for inclusion in the 2018 Best of the Net Anthology & Best Small Fictions Anthology

“Reign,” Obsidian, 2015
“Leaving Edina,” Kweli, 2014
“Yellow Brick Secrets,” Tidal Basin Review, 2010

awarded a 2014 NEA Literature Fellowship
awarded a 2010 Tidal Basin Review Editorial Prize & Pushcart Prize nomination

“Forest Blood,” Obsidian, 2009
“Woman Blood,” Women. Period. (Spinsters Ink), 2008
“The Pose,” Just Like a Girl (GirlChild Press), 2008

memoir/essays  .  .  .

“The Slave Route,” The Places We’ve Been: Field Reports from Travelers Under 35 (The Places We’ve Been Books), 2013
“360 Degrees to Africa,” Baobab South African Journal of New Writing, 2010
“Stranger in Elmina,” The Literary Review, Winter 2009

awarded a 2008 PALF Africana Creative Nonfiction Award
named one of “notable essays of 2009” in The Best American Essays 2010

“The Joke,” Reverie: Midwest African American Literature, 2008
“Oburonyi No More” (reprint), One World, Many Cultures, 7th Ed. (Longman), 2008
“Detour on Nzu,” Potomac Review, Issue 44, 2008
“Surprise at the Castle” and “Ghana Sabor!” Black Renaissance Noire, Vol. 8, Issue 2/3, 2008
“Waiting,” WorldView, Spring 2008
“New Christmas,” Crab Orchard Review, Vol. 12, No. 2, 2007
“Welcome Home,” Babel Fruit, 2007

awarded a 2008 Illinois Arts Council Fellowship

“A Question of Tradition,” Transitionsabroad.com, 2007
“Oburonyi No More,” Homelands: Women’s Journeys Across Race, Place, and Time (Seal Press), 2006
“Obruni,” Museum of the African Diaspora’s online Story Project, 2005
“Akwaaba,” Black Arts Quarterly, Winter 2005
“Home Away From Home,” Black Culture Centers: Politics of Survival and Identity (Third World Press), 2005

experimental prose  .  .  .

“Waking Dream,” Black Mermaids: In Vision and Verse, catalog for City Gallery at Waterfront Park exhibition, Mermaids and Merwomen in Black Folklore, 2012
“Lost Kin” and “Waking Dream,” Black Renaissance Noire, Vol. 12, Issue 2/3, 2011

interviews  .  .  .

Interview of writer Kem Joy Ukwu, Mosaic Magazine, 2019
Interview of writer Bridgett M. Davis, Mosaic Magazine, 2014
Brainstorming with Kim Coleman Foote, Nicolaus Writing blog, 2014
NEA Art Talk with Fellow Kim Coleman Foote, 2014
You Enter Into a Relationship with Your Novel, People Who Write blog, 2013
Interview of writer Tiphanie Yanique, Mosaic Magazine, Summer 2011