Before graduating from Emerson College, they were honored with Distinction in Poetry by the Writing, Literature, and Publishing department for their thesis. Through the support of Louisiana Caribbean Cultures, Inc, they completed a 10-day residency in Santiago de Cuba where they performed in the 37th Annual Carribean Festival and participated in cultural exchanges. They also advised five of Winter Tangerine's intensive online workshops, which focused on topics such as diaspora, queer identity, & reconsidering femininity. All of these experiences have allowed them to deepen their craft.
Their latest project, "Snow Black", has earned support from VONA/Voices and the Women's Voices mentorship program. This remix of "Snow White" is set in southern Louisiana and prioritizes racial/familial tension, gender exploration, and the processes of trauma. They enjoy stories rich as their lipstick.
"Contortionists" in the Speakeasy Project's Session 1 anthology, Blueshift Journal
Accepted as Contributing Editor for the Wilds' Literary Guide
I was recently accepted as Contributing Editor for the Wilds' Literary Guide through Platypus Press where I'm set to write blurbs of some of my favorite work. They will post on Monday every week.
I'm very grateful for jayy dodd because they gave me this position and consistently make space for my work to thrive. I can only hope that I can live up to their legacy with Platypus Press and continue to make them proud. I believe that being in conversation with the literary community at large in this way will help me to grow both as a writer and an editor.
Accepted for the Women's Voices Writing Mentorship Program!
I'm working towards have a first draft of the Snow Black manuscript (a retelling of Snow White from the black perspective), so I applied to the Women's Voices Writing Mentorship program. They offered two scholarships, each valued at $3.25K, and I was awarded one of them. My mentor is Jessica Piazza, and one of my poems will be made into a broadside at the end of the program. I'm super excited to create a foundation for this project! More info can be found here. Stay tuned!
Advising Winter Tangerine's Workshops This Summer
Winter Tangerine Review has welcomed me as an advisor for their online workshops this summer. They are an intensive, three-week programs "designed to catalyze self-revolutions in your writing." As an advisor, I will be reading & critiquing the writing of my small group, participating in word wars (a timed contest where the person who writes the most on a topic wins), setting group goals, and facilitating meetings/discussions.
As a former workshop participant, I'm honored to take on a higher role. More information about the workshop can be found here.
Accepted as a 2016 VONA/Voices Fellow!
I'm excited to announce that I was accepted as a VONA/Voices Fellow this year! It is the only multi-genre workshop for writers of color in the nation. Their mission is to "bring writers of color from the margins to a community where their work is centralized and honored." The workshop takes place June 26th - July 2nd, on the University of Miami's campus.
More info about the organization and workshop itself can be found here.
Once Upon A Poem: An Interview and Reading
Mr. Bear's Violet Saloon's podcast invited me to interview about my creative process and read a couple of poems. Some comments from Georgia Bellas: "Her gorgeous poems offer fresh takes on fairy tales, mythology, Katrina, creation myths, and more. Also included: the power of lipstick and special poetry prompts."
Black Tales: Mapping Our Freedom With Words - Full Day Celebration
May, 13 10:00 AM
Come celebrate black writing life in New Orleans with readings, workshops, and performances from local black writers, storytellers, and artists. There will be workshops, panels, food, books, and more at the New Quorum! It'll run from 10AM to 8PM.
Address: 2435 Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans, LA, 70119.