I am extremely honored to be selected as the winner of the 2018 Locked Horn Press Poetry Chapbook Prize for my collection her. Many thanks to the lovely Locked Horn Press editors and many props to all the other wonderful poets who submitted work and whose writing I can’t wait to check out.
For The Root, I write my annual piece on books to look forward to being published in 2018 by writers of the global African diaspora. Feel free to email/tweet me any amazing book titles I did not uncover. Happy reading!
Khadijah Queen’s Yes I’m So Fine: A History of Famous Men and What I Had On is timely and necessary. For Anomaly, I wrote “Dispatches From Rape Culture,” about Queen’s book, poetic theory, and rape culture.
Lovely to interview the talented Derrick Barnes about his wonderful new children’s book Crown: Ode to the Fresh Cut for The Root. Read more here.
For The Root, I write my annual year-end round up of 16 wonderful books published by black authors in 2017. Others great ones I would have loved to include are Bunk, by Kevin Young, The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin, Ordinary Beast by Nicole Sealey, I’m So Fine, A List of Famous Men & What I Had On by Khadijah Queen, & Lower Ed by Tracey Clayton…but don’t worry, I’m showing some love for those books elsewhere soon soon.
Creative Nonfiction has nominated my essay “The Animal in the Yard” from their summer 2017 “Adaptation” issue for a Puschart Prize. Many thanks to Hattie, Lee, and the rest of the good folks at this wonderful magazine.
Over at Jacket 2, Nathan Suhr-Sytsma has a lovely review of The Leaving and the other chapbooks in the New Generation African Poets Tatu release.
Kirkus Reviews has a lovely profile up of the anthology All the Women in My Family Sing, edited by Deborah Santana, in which my essay “What Is Said” appears.
Many thanks to Border Crossing Magazine for nominating my poems for a Best of the Net Award.