Hello All! I’m posting a link to an interview I did with the staff of The Offbeat after placing first in their CNF contest. It is such a wonderful magazine–check it out!
So I’m really excited about this one! My lyric essay “15 Rounds” won The Offbeat’s 2016 Creative Nonfiction Competition. The essay is structured as a round (inspired by Gwendolyn Brooks’s poem “We Real Cool”) and combines several threads (meditations on the number 15, memories of myself at 15, and the 15 minute rounds we do at work). It is one of my favorite pieces I’ve written, and I am so honored that The Offbeat selected me as their winner.
“15 Rounds” is in Volume 17, Fall 2016, and can be ordered here: http://offbeat.msu.edu/purchase/
And, even if you’re not interested in my essay, check out the magazine anyway. It’s a wonderfully quirky, brilliant collection of some phenomenal writing (mine doesn’t come close to some of the pieces there!)
My essay, “Some Lines of Feeling,” is up on Lunch Ticket! Click the link below to read about why I hate the Derby–especially how my city chooses to “handle” the homeless population during it.
A personal essay about body image, “Pieces of Me” Received first place in so to speak: a feminist journal of language and art’s annual competition, and was published in the Spring 2015 issue. The essay is unfortunately unavailable online; however, the journal can be purchased at http://sotospeakjournal.org/
A lyric essay about faith, trauma, and healing, “Retrograded Mercury” was published in Issue 2 of the Stonecoast Review. You can read the essay online here:
An appropriated essay written in a job description format, “Job Description” was published in issue 7.2 of Sweet: A Literary Confection. You can read it online here:
An appropriated essay about mountaintop removal. “When Mountains Were Mountains” received an Honorable Mention and was published in New Southerner’s 2015 Literary Edition. Read it here: