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publications & awards

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  • 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

research & projects

Senior Honors Thesis 2012-2014- Western Illinois University

  • Meet Me in Africa: Collection of Short Stories

MFA Thesis 2017- Purdue University

  • Evercotton: A Novel

courses taught

  • 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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