#52essays2017, BLF Press, Writing

#9 Serendipity, or the Evolution of an Anthology

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

#52essays2017, Black History Month

Celebrating Black History: All Day, Everyday

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

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#4 Living My Best Writing Life, Workshop Edition

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

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#3 A Brief History of My Cats

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

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#1: Transitions

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