Writing Samples Online

fiction  .  .  .

How to Kill Gra’ Coleman and Live to Tell about It (Vauxhall, NJ, c. 1949) – short story

Yellow Brick Secrets (page 9) – early Ghana novel excerpt

Leaving Edina – early Ghana novel excerpt

Drought – experimental prose


memoir/essays  .  .  .

On “Coleman Hill”  –  essay about in-progress story collection

Waiting (page 35)  –  Ghana memoir excerpt

Welcome Home  –  Ghana memoir excerpt

A Question of Tradition  –  Ghana memoir excerpt


interviews  .  .  .

Interview with writer Kem Joy Ukwu, Mosaic Magazine

Interview, School for International Training

Interview with writer Bridgett M. Davis, Mosaic Magazine

NEA Art Talk with Fellow Kim Coleman Foote

You Enter Into a Relationship with Your Novel, People Who Write blog


All Publications

fiction  .  .  .

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

“Drought,” FLAPPERHOUSE, 2017

“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

“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


prose poetry  .  .  .

“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