A broken heart is universal. But a broken heart is always the beginning of everything. You start examining things differently. You start examining everything: thoughts, relationships, life, your own body.
I spoke with Kathie Kerr for KC Studio's "Honor Column" to discuss my chapbook In the Garden of Broken Things. Huge thanks to Jim Barcus for taking such lovely photos during our shoot. You can check out the digital issue below or use this link.
What kind of teacher do I want to be? I knew from my own experiences, as a queer, first-generation student of color, how easy it is for those from marginalized backgrounds to internalize feelings of “not good enough,” especially within academic spaces.
Naima Tokunow interviewed me for Puerto del Sol's Black Voices Series, which featured my short lyric essay "From Where Do You Speak?" My responses deal largely with imposter syndrome and student agency in the classroom. Read it here.
I'd never really questioned 'Why am I wearing my hair this way?' and 'Who am I wearing it for?' It was only through writing about it that I was really able to process it.
I sat down in the recording studio for KJHK's "Sunflower Reading Series" where I read my personal essay "This is What it Means to Say 'Black Hair,'" which was published in Fiction Southeast. Following the reading, I answer a few questions from hosts Danny Caine, Cam Lay, and Jacqueline Holland. Listen below or use this link.
I started writing fiction, but I think, I more so have begun to find genres that better fit the image I'm trying to capture or the tone or feeling. And I was finding that fiction wasn't really the space that was allowing that to happen.
I sat down with Marcia Epstein, social worker and suicide prevention advocate to discuss writing, life, and Stereometry on the Talk with ME podcast. Listen below.
People always ask you ‘What kind of stuff do you write?’ Instead of saying a particular genre, I’m rethinking the way I describe that....maybe I’m just a lyrical writer. Maybe I’m just looking for the music within language.
I spoke with Courtney Bierman of The University Daily Kansan to discuss my writing after being awarded the Langston Hughes Award for Poetry. The full article, which also features Chloe Seim, the award winner in the fiction category, can be found here.