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Assistant Professor
College of Arts and Sciences
Courses Taught 
English 235: Introduction to Creative Writing, English 386: Fiction Writing I, English 387: Fiction Writing II, English 395: The Craft of the Short Story, English 365: Caribbean Literature, English 380: Multicultural Literature in America,
English 488: Africana Literature: Slavery and the Literary Imagination
Research Interests 
creative writing and creative writing pedagogy; African, African American, and Caribbean literature; women’s literature; multicultural literature; immigration and diaspora studies

University of Nebraska – Lincoln (Ph.D.)

University of Nebraska – Lincoln (M.A.)

University of Central Florida (B.A.)

Selected Publications 


Mr. and Mrs. Doctor: A Novel. Minneapolis: Coffee House Press (forthcoming, spring 2015).

“Only in America.” Tampa Review. 43/44. (fall 2012): 41-48.

“Aunty Stays.” Passages North. 32.1. (spring 2011): 44-52.

“The Wife.” KRO: Kenyon Review Online. (winter 2011). Web.

“An Arranged Honeymoon.” The Kenyon Review. 32.4. (fall 2010): 93-103.


“The Middleman Speaks: Race, Citizenship, and Labor in the Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears.” Converging Identities: Blackness in the Modern African Diaspora. Eds. Julius O. Adekunle and Hettie V. Williams. Durham, North Carolina: Carolina Academic Press. 2013. 83-93.

“Passing for What?: The Marrow of Tradition’s Minstrel Critique of the Unlawfulness of Law.” Charles Chesnutt Reappraised: Essays on the First Major African American Writer. Eds. David Garrett Izzo and Maria Orban. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland and Company, 2009. 188-201.

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