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.
Essay collection: Curing Season
A coming-of-age book for girls who come of age anywhere but home, the thirteen essays in Curing Season deconstruct eastern North Carolina’s history alongside the narrator—a new arrival in the South—who reinvents the displacement narratives of her adolescence, years later, by making room for both herself and other outsiders.
Essay collection: Home Trap
A collection deconstructing the privilege of home. Framed with invented definitions, proposing alternative meanings, borrowing forms, and segmenting the narratives, Home Trap’s fluidity reinforces the narrator’s restless need to reexamine the truths about both where and who she is from.