Check out a copy of my resumé here:
And here is information on my literary background:
- DisQuiet Literary Workshops in Lisbon, Portugal – Fiction with Tayari Jones, Travel Writing with Philip Graham (Summer 2013)
- VONA Writers of Color Workshop – Memoir with Faith Adiele (Summer 2012)
- Write Around Portland – Fiction Workshop (Fall 2011)
- Reed College – BA in English and Creative Writing (May 2009) – Studied under Peter Rock, Maxine Scates, Jean Thompson, Charles D’Ambrosio, and Crystal Williams.
- Tin House Summer Writers Workshop, Reed College Student Scholarship Recipient – Fiction with Steve Almond (Summer 2008)
In terms of other volunteer based work:
- I am an Advisory Council Member for Literary Arts’ Wordstock Literary Festival. This event is held once a year in November and involves yearlong advocacy work to make sure marginalized writers and readers are catered to and heard.
- At KBOO Community Radio, I co-host a monthly show, QTPOC Talk, with Darion Jones. The show focuses on the lives and issues facing Queer and Trans People of Color in the Portland area and frequently features guests, readings, and culturally relevant calls to act.
- I frequently phonebank with Basic Rights Oregon to get the word out about their latest recruitment efforts – be it support for a bill, help fundraising, or increasing numbers for an event, this work ensures that action is taken. Basic Rights Oregon is an LGBTQ Rights advocacy group.
- I provide personal mentorship for young women, usually women of color, going into communications, literary, and design work. This usually involves meeting one on one and going over public speaking and negotiations skills, understanding one’s rights as a freelancer versus as an employee, connecting them to events and organizations in the city that suit their interests, and finding out where their natural leadership skills lie.
- I am currently the Board Secretary at Sankofa Collective Northwest, a nonprofit aimed at supporting Black and Afro-diasporic peoples in the Pacific Northwest. I also designed their current website.
- I was selected to be Duke University’s Digital Resident Poet at their Arrob@ Blog for the month of February 2016. The Arrob@ Blog is run by the Program in Latino/a Studies in the Global South, and you can read my month long residency here.
- Finalist for the Kaspar T. Locher Creative Scholarship in 2007 and 2008.
- Tin House Writers Workshop Full Scholarship Recipient, Summer 2008
- Published first chapbook, No One Remembered Your Name But I Wrote It Down (Invisible Wings) in December 2015.
- Published first short story collection as undergraduate thesis at Reed College, Everything That Never Happened To Me (Reed College Press) in May 2009.
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