Last year was a banner year for me (and 2018 isn’t looking so bad either)! A lot of chances came my way, and a lot of people made it possible. Thank you to everyone who either offered me some sort of opportunity in 2017, or accepted and shared my work in some way, or came out to hear me read or lecture. Success is only possible through community, and I’m grateful for the opportunities my communities put together last year.
- Published a brief work of CNF for the “First Times” column of Baltimore Style
- Published a widely-shared review of George Bush’s new art book in Baltimore City Paper
- Presented “Queer Across the Curriculum” at the 2017 NeMLA conference
- Published a short work of CNF for the “Retrogamer” column of Cartridge Lit
- Out of Step: a Memoir won the 2017 Non/Fiction Award from The Journal + The Ohio State University Press. It will be published by the press in summer of 2018
- Finished my PhD coursework (Hire me!)
- Presented “Queer, Trans and SGL Writers in Front of the Classroom” and hosted “Poetry of Anger and Resistance” at the annual OutWrite DC festival
- An excerpt from my forthcoming book was published by The Journal
- Presented “Womanist and Feminist Epistemologies in the Creative Writing Classroom” at the annual Creative Writing Studies Organization conference
- Began teaching at Stevenson University
- Attended Writers & Woods writing retreat (twice!)
- Started a new books and pop culture podcast with friend and fellow poet Celeste Doaks
It was a good one! Again, thanks to everyone who helped make it happen. With a book release and plenty of events lined up, 2018 plans to be an even bigger year, so stay tuned for updates.