Essay collection: Curing Season
forthcoming with WVU Press, 2022

A coming-of-age essay collection for women who came of age anywhere but home, Curing Season pries apart the cracks of inclusion to peer inside the history of eastern North Carolina and excavates versions of the truth to study the narratives that have defined both the narrator and the land. The essays in Curing Season borrow forms to experiment with the nature of belonging, memory, and place, culminating in a final confrontation with the Chronicles of Pitt County—a book of self-submitted family histories published by the county historical society. The narrator takes inhabitation and truth apart, grafting and twisting and imprinting her history against theirs, until even she herself can no longer tell the difference between their truth and her own.

Selected excerpts:

Erasure essay collection: Teen Queen Training
—semi-finalist for the 2019 Seneca Review Deborah Tall Lyric Essay Prize—
—semi-finalist for the 2019 Awst Press Book Prize—

A full-length erasure of the 1963 Seventeen Book of Etiquette and Entertaining, redacting and reinterpreting the rules of being a teenage girl in the late-1990s. Teen Queen Training follows the narrator as she navigates her shifting understanding of the world she occupies, which requires the presentation of specific emblems of success while simultaneously demanding the obfuscation of any doubt.

Selected excerpts:

  • Chapter 7: Good Sorts, Split Lip Magazine
  • Chapter 12: Lanes, The Collagist/The Rupture
  • Chapter 15: Tone, The Normal School