Writing

Writing Samples Online

fiction  .  .  .

memoir/essays  .  .  .

interviews  .  .  .


All Publications

fiction  .  .  .

  • “Family Tree,” Prairie Schooner, forthcoming Fall 2020
  • “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

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