Education

  • Southern Illinois University; Carbondale, IL  

Master of Arts, Performance Studies

  • Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL

Bachelor of Arts, Sociology

Publications

Books

  • 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

  • The Los Angeles Review Award for Poetry, 2018

  • learning rhythm listed within top 100 on Amazon for African American Poetry in print, 2017

  • learning rhythm listed within top 100 on Amazon for African Art and Photography in ebooks, 2017

  • Bridge Fellow Finalist, The New Teacher Project, 2017

  • Co-Coach of Louder Than A Bomb champions, 2016

  • Chicago Poetry Slam Champion, PSI, 2015

  • National Poetry Group Slam Finalist, PSI, 2014

Residencies

  • 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

Exhibitions

  • 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



Certifications

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

  • Kingian Nonviolence in Conflict Resolution, Peace Warrior Network, 2011

  • Violence Prevention, Progressive Masculinity Mentors, 2010

  • Nonviolent Communication, Southern Illinois University, 2009