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My “official” bio with credentials and whatnot is on the home page.  I often want to know a writer beyond the universities they attended and the prizes they’ve won, so this is me a little undone–locs fuzzy at the edges, legs crossed on the couch, crunching some barbecue Grippos (IYKYK)–sharing a bit of what the buttoned-up bio won’t tell you.

What do you love to eat?

Many, many things. Doughnuts. Greens. Breakfast burritos. Peanut butter with everything. Buffalo cauliflower wings. I’ve been vegan-ish for over a year. If you have a rec for a good vegan or vegan-friendly restaurant in or within a four-hour drive from Louisville, let me know. You can contact me on Instagram, Facebook, or email via the contacts page. 

What’s the last book you read?

Coleman Hill (a biomythography) by Kim Coleman Foote.

Coleman Foote offers a generous author’s note at the end of the book that further explains biomythography (a term coined by Audre Lorde) for all of the fellow writers and meddlers seeking more specificity about that line between fact and fiction and how the book came to be. In that note, she writes, “I wrote this book to try to show the ways people love–or think they love–when they lack models that show the abundant possibilities of love.” I feel that with the hardest nod, the loudest snap. Gra’ Coleman is a hard character to grant grace; she’s downright evil to her daughter, Rosine, and daughter-in-law, Bertha. I want to believe she’s motivated by what she thinks is love, but it seems like she’s forgotten what love is in the burn and swallow of Four Roses whiskey. Still, I understand the pains the liquor soothed, their roots in the Alabama cotton fields (Coleman Foote’s personification of the cotton in the book’s interlude is beautiful and brutal), all of the bending needed to clean for white people (knees, back, spirit), and see how Gra’ Coleman became a product of racism, violence begetting violence.

What you reading now?

All That is Good by Dr. James-Etta Goodloe Reed (a memoir) and 1000 Words (a self-help text for writers) by Jami Attenberg.  

What song always makes you dance? 

“W.A.P.” by Cardi B and Meg the Stallion🤷🏾‍♀️. Little known, or widely known if you know me, fact: I love ratchet music. If they would play it at Magic City as a feature dancer’s theme song, I usually mess with it. 

What’s an essential part of your daily routine?

Writing what Julia Cameron calls “morning pages” in her book, The Artist’s Way, to clear my head. Basically, it’s journaling, and plays a huge role in maintaining my mental health. 

What’s your favorite show?

I love Insecure. I just watched the whole series again for the second time. Issa messy sometimes, but when I saw her reading Brit Bennett’s The Vanishing Half,  I was like, We could be friends and have a lit book club

If you have a lit book club with your actual friends in real life and would like me to join to talk all things Mama Said, let me know. I’d love to join in-person or virtually.   

What’s something your mama said that you never forgot?

One time when I was complaining about my job, feeling overwhelmed and stuck, Mama said, “You’re never stuck; you always have a choice. There are consequences to your choices, but you have them.”

The advice is a simple fact, but it opened my eyes and forced me to recognize the power and agency I had over my life that I’d lost going through the motions of the everyday. 

Thirsty for more of my business?

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  • Come hang at upcoming events (listed on the home page).
  • Say “Heeey!” in an email (link on the contacts page).