Writing, Research & Presentations

Writing

I am primarily focused on writing towards my dissertation at this time, however here are a couple of my publications:

An Afrofuturist Africana Womanist Affair: A review of Kola Boof’s Sexy Part of the Bible for Penumbra, An Interdisciplinary Journal of Creative and Critical Inquiry.

My Awesome Black Queer Mom: An essay for Ebony Magazine’s series #ThisIsWhatBlackMotherhoodLooksLike.

She Who Does It For Herself: An essay for Raising Mothers.

Research

My doctoral research focused on tracing a Black feminist genealogy of Afrofuturist literature as a form of protest. My recently-completed dissertation is titled: There’s Always Been an Afrofuture: Black Women’s Literature as Technology of Protest. My current research interests include I use the internet (a lot!) to help gather and catalog information, much of which can be found in these research pockets.

Presentations

Here is a shortlist of selected panels and presentations. More are available by requesting my CV

2019, May. Picking Up The Pieces: A Black Feminist Literary Genealogy of Afrofuturism. Panelist at the American Literature Association Conference, Boston, MA.

2018, November. Revolutionary Imagining: Zines as a Space for Imagining Utopia and Pauline Hopkins: Proto Black Feminist Afrofuturist. Two panels at the National Women’s Studies Association Conference, Atlanta, GA.

2018, November. Frances Ellen Watkins Harper: Proto Black Feminist Afrofuturist. Panelist at Emergence, the NY Metropolitan American Studies Conference, NY, NY.

2017, November. Good Lorde: Queer Black Motherhood as a Roadmap to Survival and Not Your Mama’s Protest: Digital Publishing and Movement Towards a Black Feminist Afrofuture. Two Panels at the National Women’s Studies Association Conference.

2016, January. Remixing Moses: Zora Neale Hurston’s Afrofuturist Liberation Historiography. Presentation at the Union Institute & University “Transgressions: Gender, Love & Identity” Graduate Conference Day, Cincinnati, OH.

2014/15, September-June. The Future of Gender and Public Policy. Participated in year-long online and in-person convening that explored gender in public spaces and made recommendations to the White House Council  on Women and Girls. Interactivity Foundation, New York, NY and Washington, DC.

2015, January. Afrofuturism and The Subversive Languages of Love in Black Women’s Music. Presentation at the Union Institute & University “Insurrection, Subversion, Rebellion” Graduate Conference Day, Cincinnati, OH.

2014, November. Beyond Binaries & Boxes: Deconstructing and Re-envisioning Black Feminism(s). Featured Panelist. MAPP International/Brooklyn Museum of the Arts. Brooklyn, NY.

2014, October. Onward: Educational Attainment and Non-Traditional Students. Featured Speaker. SUNY Empire State College Graduate Residency. Saratoga Springs, NY.

2014, August. Radical Women Creating Resilient Communities. Featured Panelist. Not Just Talk Summit. Bronx, NY.

2013, April. Creating Space: Intergenerational Communication Between Black Women and Girls. Black Girl Project Film Screening and Talk-Back. Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African-American History & Culture, Baltimore, MD.

November, 2012. Youth, Love & the Wild in Toni Morrison’s A Mercy for educators presented at Mosaic Literary Conference. Co-Presenter, Alana Benoit. Bronx, NY.