Essays, Poems, Stories, Etc.



“5 Moments in the Life of a Black Mother,” The Hairpin, January 2015

“What Is Said,” North American Review online, January 2015

“The 15 Best Black Fiction Books of 2014,” The Root, December 2014

“The 15 Best Black Nonfiction Books of 2014,” The Root, November 2014

“10 Reason Why Willow and Jaden’s NYT Interview is the Best Thing Ever,” Ms. Magazine online, November 2014

“On Street Harassment and Race,” The Root, November 2014

“If We Want Diverse Books We Need Diverse MFA Programs,” The Root, September 2014

“Am I My Sister’s Keeper?” Ms. Magazine online, June 2014

“Local Writers Reflect On Maya Angelou,” Los Angeles Magazine, June 2014

“The Cruel Choice Black Women Face: Between Education and Safety,” Salon, December 2013

“Why Is It Still Legal to Profile Working Moms?” Ms. Magazine online, November 2013

“Black Girl Walking,” Gawker, November 2013

“20 Funny Black Women of Twitter,” Ms. Magazine online, October 2013

“Domestic Violence Is Not A Cultural Tradition But A Crime,” The Feminist Wire, October 2013

“Tiana Parker and Our Black Hair,” Ms. Magazine online, September 2013

“On Black Breastfeeding Week,” Ms. Magazine online, August 2013

“Are We Not Mothers Too? How the Attachment Parenting Debate Ignores Women of Color,” The Daily Beast, August 2013

“Miley’s Big Foam Finger Is Pointing At You: Stereotypes Plus Objectification Equals $$$,” The Feminist Wire, August 2013

“99 Ways to Respect Black Women,” Ms. Magazine online, August 2013

“But What About the Children?” The Feminist Wire, July 2013

“What About Our Fear? An Open Letter To My Fellow American Citizens By A Black American Mother,” For Harriet, June 2013



“Chronicles (Of A Violence Foretold),” Literary Mama, Summer 2015

“Skin I: Advice He Gives When He Thinks I Am Not Listening” Weave Magazine, Summer 2015

“Skin III: Firebird,” Weave Magazine, Summer 2015

“Job (War Survivor’s Guilt),” Ruminate Magazine, Spring 2015

“Judges,” joINT Literary, Spring 2015

“The Nerve,” Fjords Literary Review, January 2015

“Rib,” North American Review, January 2015

“Heart,” Potluck Magazine, December 2014

“Letter to My Son IV: Hips,” Potluck Magazine, December 2014

“Skin V: Four Years In Evanston, IL,” Potluck Magazine, December 2014

“How to Protect Yourself From White Men With Guns in America,” Split this Rock, December 2014

“Numbers,” Kalyani Magazine, October 2013

“New York City Love Song #28,” Cease Cows, September 2013

“New York City Love Song #29,” Cease Cows, September 2013



“The Glow,” Kweli Journal, Spring 2015

“Arcadia,” All About Skin Anthology, November 2014



“20 Questions With David Haynes,” Kimbilio Fiction, June 2014

“20 Questions with Daniel Jose Older,” Kimbilio Fiction, May 2014

“20 Questions With Roxane Gay,” Kimbilio Fiction, November 2013



X: A Novel: How Malcolm X Grew From ‘Little’ to the Leader of a Revolution,” The Root, January 2015

Desiree Zamorano’s The Amado Women in The Rumpus, October 2014

Kirkus Reviews, various, June 2014-present