I am a freelance writer, poet, and doctoral candidate in American Studies at Rutgers University-Newark. In both my creative and scholarly work I explore the themes of agency and pleasure in the lives of black women and girls. I have been awarded fellowships by Cave Canem, Jack Jones Literary Arts, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Crescendo Literary, and the African American Intellectual History Society. My essays have appeared in Glamour, Bitch, Ms. Magazine Blog, Apogee Journal, Broadly and in other publications. My poems have been published in The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 2: Black Girl Magic, Bone Bouquet, The Rumpus, and elsewhere.