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Hi. I am a writer and translator orginally from Atlanta, GA. My first full-length poetry collection Sugar Work was the Editor's Choice for the 2020 Alice James Award and will be published in June 2022. You can preorder it here.

I mostly write poems--and sometimes essays. I am currently translating a scifi novel-in-progress by Luis Othoniel and the poetry of Nicole Cecilia Delgado. My work has appeared in North American Review, Guernica, Waxwing, and other literary magazines. In 2017, I was the recipient of James Dickey Prize for Poetry at Five Points and have received fellowships from the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts and the Nebraska Arts Council.

I like to collaborate across scholarly and artistic disciplines. In 2019, I created an outdoor, sonic, intertextual, and architectural poetry installation based on the work of Alejandra Pizarnik. I earned a BA in Spanish from Westmont College and an MFA in Poetry from Bennington College.

Right now I am a PhD student in English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where I teach and work as the Prairie Schooner Book Prize Coordinator. My research focuses on the history of the lyric poem in a broad sense but specficially by women writers from the US since 1945; additionally, I am studying poetry collections written in English and Spanish by women from the US and Latin America since the 1960s.