Awards

Writing Awards & Fellowships

  • George Bennett Fellowship, Phillips Exeter Academy, 2021-22
  • Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship (fiction), Finalist, 2021
  • Miami Book Fair Emerging Writer Fellowship (fiction), Finalist, 2021
  • AWP Community Scholarship, 2021
  • NYC Emerging Writers Fellowship, Center for Fiction, 2018
  • New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (fiction), 2015
  • National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Literature Fellowship (fiction), 2014
  • Tidal Basin Review Editorial Prize & Pushcart Prize nomination (fiction), 2010
  • Africana Creative Nonfiction Award, Pan-African Literary Forum, 2008
  • Illinois Arts Council Fellowship (creative nonfiction), 2008
  • Transitions Abroad Narrative Travel Writing Contest, Second Place, 2007
  • Guild Complex Nonfiction Reading Series Award, Finalist, 2006
  • Travelers’ Tales Solas Award for Best Travel Writing, Honorable Mention, 2006
  • Walker Foundation Scholarship, Fine Arts Work Center, 2006
  • Zora Neale Hurston/Bessie Head Fiction Award, Chicago State University, 2004
  • Douglas Turner Ward/Alice Childress Scriptwriting Award, Chicago State University, 2004
  • Fulbright U.S. Student Fellowship, Ghana, West Africa, 2002–03

Fellowship Writing Residencies

  • MacDowell, NH, 2019
  • The Anderson Center, MN, 2019
  • Dickinson House, Belgium (Raveel Grant & Henry James Grant recipient), 2015/2017
  • Hambidge Center, GA (NEA Fellowship recipient), 2014
  • Vermont Studio Center, VT (Rona Jaffe Foundation Fellowship recipient), 2010
  • Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, VA, 2008
  • Hedgebrook, WA, 2007

Writing Workshops

  • Kimbilio, NM ~ Novel workshop with David Haynes, ZZ Packer, & Dolen Perkins-Valdez, 2013
  • Pan African Literary Forum, Ghana ~ Fiction workshop with Arthur Flowers & creative nonfiction workshop with Faith Adiele, 2008
  • Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA ~ Novel workshop with Elizabeth Strout, 2006
  • VONA Foundation, CA ~ Fiction workshop with Cristina Garcia, 2006
  • Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation, DC ~ Novel workshop with Agymah Kamau, 2002