Writing

I am primarily focused on writing towards my first book project 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 includes the exploration of mother-daughter relationships in literature and visual art and representations of the Black female body across spiritual practices.

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

*2020, More Than Shadows Uplifted: The Anti-Imperialist Poetics and Prose of Frances Ellen Watkins Harper. Accepted for the National Women’s Studies Association Conference, Minneapolis, MN. Unable to present due to COVID-19.

*2020, Of One Blood: Pauline Hopkins’ Radical Speculation at the Turn of the Century. Accepted for The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists Conference, Coral Gables, FL. Unable to present due to COVID-19.

2019, November. Transgressing the Spirit: Liberation Historiography and Cartography in Zora Neale Hurston’s Moses, Man of the Mountain and Embracing the New Science: Pauline Hopkins’ use of Ancestral Spiritual Technologies and Trauma Mitigation in Of One Blood. Two panels at the National Women’s Studies Association Conference, San Francisco, CA

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.