Education

  • Southern Illinois University; Carbondale, IL  

Master of Arts, Performance Studies

  • Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL

Bachelor of Arts, Sociology

Exhibitions

  • Group Exhibition, Thrown Stone, Spitten Image, Chicago Artist Coalition, Chicago, IL (curated by Jeff Robinson), 2019

  • Group Exhibition, RGB, Fredericks & Mae’s, Brooklyn, NY (curated by Eric Payne), 2019

  • Two-Person Exhibition, our duty to fight, Gallery 400, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL (curated with Lakeisha Leek), 2017

  • Two-Person Exhibition, Hot Seven, Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago, IL (curated by Sadie Woods), 2017

  • Group Exhibition, As We See It: Perspectives of Washington Park and Englewood Youth, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2016

  • Group Exhibition, Connecting the Simple Good: USA and Tanzania Photography Exhibition [in partnership with The Disposable Project and Northwestern Law Visibility Initiative], Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, 2015

Publications

Books

  • on god (forthcoming), Candor Arts, 2019

  • learning rhythm, Flowered Concrete Press, 2017

Anthologies

  • The Blk Love Mixtape, “Myth,” “Untitled,” edited by Brandon Alexander Williams, 2018

  • Revise The Psalm: Works Celebrating the Writings of Gwendolyn Brooks, “When Racism Dies,” edited by Quraysh Ali Lansana, Curbside Press, 2017

Selected Literary Journals

  • Los Angeles Review, “In Defense of Genius”, 2019

  • Mikrokosmos Journal, “For Imia,” 2019

  • Meridian, two poems, 2018

  • Crab Orchard Review, “Question #7,” 2018

  • Salt Hill Journal, “Ghost Riders,” 2018

  • cream city review, two poems, 2018

Honors

  • Los Angeles Review Literary Award (Poetry) / winner

    selected by Douglas Manuel, 2019

  • Mikrokosmos Journal / finalist

    selected by Ruth Ellen Kocher, 2018

  • Press 53 Award for Poetry / finalist

    selected by Tom Lombardo, 2018 

  • Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry / semi-finalist

    selected by Ocean Vuong, 2018

  • Chicago Poetry Grand Slam / winner

    Poetry Slam Inc., 2015

  • National Poetry Slam / group finalist

    Poetry Slam Inc., 2014

Residencies

  • Ragdale Foundation, artist-in-residence, 2020

  • Chicago Hatch Residency, artist-in-residence, 2019-2020

  • Banff Centre of Arts and Creativity, writer-in-residence, 2018

  • Poetry Center of Chicago, poet-in-residence, 2016-2017



Certifications

  • Mental Health First Aid Responder, National Council for Behavioral Health, New York, NY, 2018