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Miles Davis’ 96th

Trending this week on my social media feeds is the celebration of the 96th anniversary of Miles Davis’ birth. In addition to sparking me to pull up tracks on Spotify that the deep jazz heads are spotlighting from his catalog, it got me to thinking: when I think about artists—not just writers—that I look to […]

2022 WWPH Winners Announced

Congrats to the Washington Writers Publishing House 2022 honorees: Poet Anthony Moll and fiction writer Suzanne Feldman. While I didn’t play a role in the fiction editorial review this year, I am excited to dive into Suzanne’s collection “The Witch Bottle and Other Stories.” Kudos to Suzanne for coming up such an evocative and memorable […]

WWPH Writes Up and Running

  Launching this year, the Washington Writers’ Publishing House’s online journal “WWPH Writes” is in full swing. Kudos to the fiction editor Caroline Bock for getting the effort off the ground. Submission is free. Any monies raised through the tip jar will go to support WWPH’s operations costs. Please see the WWPH Submittable page for more […]

A Different Kind of Writing Project

Statesboro HIgh and Industrial School Historical Marker, Statesboro, Georgia, October 2019 Recently I had the opportunity to collaborate on writing the words for a historical marker honoring the site of an African-American high school my great-grandfather William James helped to start and lead in Statesboro, Georgia in the early 1900s. Some thoughts and reflections on that experience.  As an English major in college, I was required […]

Toni Morrison, 1931 – 2019

Ms. Morrison Toni Morrison passed today. As the accolades and memories pour in, I am remembering tackling “Song of Solomon” freshman year and invoking her in one of my 2016 readings for “Strivers and Other Stories.” Some notes from that reading: Thanks for coming and giving me a bit of your weekend time. Your support is definitely […]

“Cotton Compress” Published in Callaloo 40.2

  My story “Cotton Compress” was published in the Callaloo Journal’s latest issue, #40.2. Many thanks to Ravi Howard–who led a great workshop I participated in at Callaloo’s 2016 Oxford creative writing workshop session– for recommending my submission. Also many thanks to  Melanie Hatter, who provided key edits to the story and made it much, much better and […]

Tin House Summer Workshop

Coming back from another spirited, challenging and enlightening workshop week, this time the notable Tin House Summer Workshop held at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. I participated in one of the novel workshops led by the gracious and energetic (and fellow native Georgian!) Tayari Jones. In the midst of her book tour for “An America […]

Aspen Words; Words in Aspen

In the wake of celebrating the life of my father, the Aspen Words writing workshop in Aspen, Colorado provided a breezy clean-air escape—again—into the “serious” literary world: Manhattan agents and editors. MFA grads. Tea drinkers. Brows that furrow at the mere mention of a certain current White House occupant. And us “emerging” writers gasping at humble-bragged mentions of […]

“This is America” — Podcasting… Just for Fun

A casual chat in the studio with some old friends at “We R Sumthin Else.” Talking about Donald Glover, #AtlantaFX, Kanye, growing up in the South, America, white supremacy, living your best life– and oh, yeah,  a bit about “Strivers and Other Stories” too. Check it out. (And all their other episodes too).

Write and Author Interview

Interview in Write and Author Interview in Write and Author,  a writers’ resource dedicated to helping writers develop their craft and offer advice on publishing.  I discuss my writing process, influences and why I like to write.

My First Time at AWP; Panels, Nose Rings and Hip Hop

  Attended my first AWP conference this week and participated in WWPH’s panel on running a small press. 12K writers converged on DC and our sprawling convention center for 3 days of panels, readings, a massive book fair and that kind of casual social freedom people have when being amongst their own kind. Lots of […]