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, Poetry Incubator, the African American Intellectual History Society, and Imagining America. 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.