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publications & awards

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  • Western Illinois University Fred Ewing Case and Lola Case Write-in-Residence- Fall 2023

  • Edgar® Award for Best Young Adult Nominee- 2023

  • Tulsa Artist Fellowship Award in Literary Arts, 2019-2022

  • Finalist, Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Arts Award, 2014

  • Cordell Larner Award in Fiction Writing First Place, Department of English & Journalism, WIU, 2012, 2013, 2014


  • Western Illinois University Creative Writing Awards 2024- Guest Judge

courses taught

  • Capstone Seminar- Oberlin College, Spring 2024

  • Young Adult Fiction Workshop- Oberlin College, Spring 2024

  • Black to the Future: Black Speculative Young Adult Fiction Workshop- Oberlin College, Fall 2023, Spring 2024

  • Dialogue and Dialect Workshop- Oberlin College, Fall 2023

  • Introduction to YA Workshop- University of Tulsa, Spring Semester 2020

  • Introduction to YA & Middle Grade Workshop- Oklahoma State University Tulsa Center for Poets and Writers- Spring Semester 2020

  • “How to Write Your Own YA Novel Workshop”- Tulsa City County Library-November 9, 2020

  • Introduction to Composition- Purdue University, 2014-2017

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