Hello all! This has been a whirlwind year. Pardon my absence here. I figured that I should stop by and update you all on my writing and life ventures.
I graduated from my illustrious alma mater, Howard University, on May 13, 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in English. I have accepted a fully funded Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing offer at the University of Kentucky to begin next month, August! I will also begin a Graduate Teaching Assistant position as part of my two-year degree program. I am training to become a professor of African American Literature and Creative Writing.
I also won some awards this year! I won 1st Place for Poetry in the 2017 Tuckson Health Connections Healing Stories Creative Writing Contest in April and was named a finalist for Salem College’s Center for Women Writers’ International Literary Awards Rita Dove Prize for Poetry in May. My anthology, Love Letters to Our Daughters: A Collection of Womanly Affirmations, is featured in ELLE Magazine and Melissa Harris-Perry’s A Seat at the Table Syllabus (#SeatSyllabus). I also have published work in 2 Leaf Press’ Black Lives Have Always Mattered anthology, African Voices Magazine, and forthcoming work in Feminista Jones’ King Bey Bible.
Lastly, I co-founded #SundaySocialDC in October 2016 with Bakers & Baristas and Canden Webb of Beautiful Minds Entertainment. This monthly open mic and mixer has since become a Downtown DC staple for great art, conversation, and food!
As I said, whirlwind year. I traveled to South Africa in December and just recently returned from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. So much going on, but the poetry is constant. Keep up with me on Twitter and Instagram: @blkgrlpoet. Stay tuned!