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The 2020 National Endowment for the Arts (Prose) Literature Fellowship

I’m incredibly honored to be among the 2020
National Endowment for the Arts [NEA] creative writing fellows.

Passages North’s Waasnode Fiction Prize Judge

I’ll be judging this year’s fiction contest for Passages North, one of my favorite literary journals. Click here for more information about the contest and submission guidelines.

My favorite reads of 2019 in The Paris Review Daily

The Paris Review invited me to talk about my favorite books of 2019. See my favorites here.

The Paris Review Issue 229 is here!

Under the Ackee Tree” in the Summer Issue of The Paris Review

Aspen Words Fellowship Announcement


The Best American Short Stories 2018 Anthology Distinguished Stories List

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My story, “In Flux,” is a Distinguished Story in The Best American Short Stories 2018, with  notable authors, including Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Victor Lavalle, Lauren Groff, Sherman Alexie, Yaa Gyasi, Anne Carson, T.C. Boyle, Emma Cline, and more.

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I talk identity, race, and the (literary magazine) submission process with Jennifer De Leon, Tanushree Baidya, and Jenn Scheck-Kahn in Creative Nonfiction‘s “Risk” issue. Read the full discussion online here.

Craft, Process & Finding the Life: Jamel Brinkley in Conversation with Jonathan Escoffery


In advance of his appearance at Harvard Book Store on September 17, Jamel Brinkley sat down with me to discuss his debut collection, A Lucky Man, revision strategies, and his approach to winning some of the literary world’s most coveted fellowships. For the full interview, click the link above.

The Santa Fe Writers Project Interview

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SFWP’s Monica Prince  interviewed me for their Author Spotlight. We talked process, the writer’s life, and the reasons for submitting your work.

Check out the full interview here.


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The Writers of the World Project asked me to contribute to their project by telling them why I write. Read my reflection on falling in love with writing here.


What Makes a Good Workshop Citizen?

Fiction writer and essayist Eson Kim put together this podcast discussing the components of a successful creative writing workshop, and what it means to be a good workshop citizen both from the teacher and student side of the equation.

Instructors from GrubStreet, including myself, contributed to this important and insightful discussion about what it means to be a good workshop citizen, among other relevant topics. Anyone who has taken or is planning to take a creative writing class should give it a listen.


I interviewed Nigerian novelist and short story writer, A. Igoni Barrett. We talked about his debut novel, BLACKASS, and about process, audience, and the politics of language.

Check out the full interview here.



Poet and essayist Abriana Jette review’s three of my poems in Stay Thirsty Press’ Emerging Poets column:

Read the review here.


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