Hometown: Brandon, Mississippi
B.A. Oberlin College, 1998
Guy Lemmon Award in Public Writing (Creative Writing division), Indiana University, 2001. Lois Davidson Ellis Literary Award, Indiana University, 2000. Kraft Fellowship, Indiana University, 1999-2000. Graduate Minority Fellowship, Indiana University, 1998-99. Mellon Foundation Undergraduate Fellowship, Oberlin College, 1996-98. Commentary Editor, Oberlin Review, 1996-98. Editor, The Voice, Oberlin College, 1996-98. Editor, Nommo, Oberlin College, 1995-96. Opinions Editor, Purple and White, Millsaps College, 1993-95. NAACP Benjamin Brown Youth Leadership Award.
Current Position: Instructor, Creative Writing and English, Vassar College.