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. The collection 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.
Essay collection: Home Trap
A collection deconstructing the privilege of home. Framed with invented definitions, proposing alternative meanings, borrowing forms, and segmenting the narratives, the collection’s fluidity reinforces the narrator’s restless need to reexamine the truths about both where and who she is from.
Essay collection: Curing Season
A collection centered on displacement, both literal and metaphorical, in eastern North Carolina. After the slow realization that sheer presence wouldn’t convey belonging, the narrator experiments with a county history book to make space for another version of truth. These essays read like a choked claustrophobia, an obsessive clicking of beads, a compulsive rubbing in a groove, the pick-pick-picking with a tooth around the edges of an artifact in a beehive-shaped pit, with no ladder to escape the narrator’s exposed discoveries.
Chapbook collection: Satellite Mind
A collection of reconstruction, a notebook-on-the-lap orchestrated mixtape of essays, reconfiguring meaning in the songs that served as scaffolding for half-built houses of love.