Current Projects

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

Essay collection: Curing Season

A coming-of-age book for women who came of age anywhere but home, the thirteen essays in Curing Season pry apart the cracks of inclusion to experiment with the nature of belonging, memory, and place alongside the narrator—a new arrival to the South—who reinvents the displacement narratives of her adolescence, years later, by deconstructing eastern North Carolina’s history, taking inhabitation and truth apart to make room for both herself and other outsiders.

Selected excerpts: