Assistant professor, English, earned her Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, specializing in creative writing-fiction and literature of the African diaspora. She was the inaugural Herbert Martin Fellow in Creative Writing at the University of Dayton. Short stories and excerpts from her novel manuscript, Mr. and Mrs. Doctor, have appeared or are forthcoming in various literary journals including, the Kenyon Review, the Tampa Review, and Passages North. Her most recent scholarly essay is forthcoming in Converging Identities: Blackness in the Contemporary Diaspora. During the summer, she teaches at the Johns Hopkins University's Center for Talented Youth in Hong Kong. She will be teaching creative writing and African Diaspora literature.