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Erasure essay collection: Teen Queen Training —finalist for the 2021 New Michigan Press / DIAGRAM Chapbook Contest— —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: Home Trap A collection dismantling 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. Essay collection: Pull Me Through the Doorway A collection suspended on the liminality of inclusion and exclusion. Bending traditional nonfiction structures, these essays lean against the desire to be drawn into a place of belonging while acknowledging that place might be temporary, troubled, or a construction. Chapbook collection: Curing Season A collection centered on girlhood displacement, both literal and metaphorical, in eastern North Carolina. 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. $30/class if taking multiple classes, price is reduced to $25/class A note about cancellations: I completely understand that, after registering for a class, sometimes your circumstances and availability may change. If you can’t make a class and it is two weeks before the class, please contact me to see if I can fit you into another class. I cannot offer refunds, unfortunately, only transfers.
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