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This week, I found out that BLF Press's first title, Lez Talk: A Collection of Black Lesbian Short Fiction, was named a 2016 Forward INDIES finalist for LGBT Adult Fiction. I am thrilled about this, and want to share an updated version of the essay I wrote last year for Women and Words about how the… Continue reading #9 Serendipity, or the Evolution of an Anthology
I'm tired. Like many of you, I'm tired of waking up to new reports of inanity by 45 and his cronies, and wondering how much more we will suffer before it is all over. I'm exhausted with worry for my immigrant, queer, and Muslim friends. Day before yesterday, I was on a flight from Atlanta… Continue reading #7 On (Not) Writing Last Week
Disclaimer: this really isn't an essay, but it will have to do. Like many of my #52essays2017 cohort, I'm struggling to write this week. But hey, words are words, right? So while I celebrate and educate folks on Black history and culture (American history and culture) EVERY SINGLE DAY, this year, I've decided to be a… Continue reading Celebrating Black History: All Day, Everyday
Yesterday, for the first time in two months, I met with my writing group. I had no idea how much I’d missed them. The last time I’d seen them was in November, and then only briefly. I’d been in Montreal at a conference, and only popped in to the video conference for a minute or… Continue reading #4 Living My Best Writing Life, Workshop Edition
For as long as I can remember, my family has had cats. Mama said she’d had a dog, Wallace, when she was a girl, but other than that, cats. Theresa was our first cat. I don’t remember much about her, but I do remember that she was gray and white, and had at least one… Continue reading #3 A Brief History of My Cats
On August 4, 2009, I loaded up my car and with my ex riding shotgun, made the twenty-seven-hour drive from Spokane, Washington to West Lafayette, Indiana to start graduate school. It was a transition of grand proportions, I'd gone from working in corporate America to teaching high school English to working in the multicultural affairs office… Continue reading #1: Transitions
Call me crazy, but I just committed to writing an essay a week for the next 52 weeks. Why, you ask? Well, mainly because I need to get back to a consistent writing schedule. Since graduating with my doctorate in late 2015, I've been hit or miss in regards to keeping up with my writing time.… Continue reading #52essays2017