I am a poet from eastern North Carolina and the author of Witch (link), forthcoming from Alice James Books in April 2020. Wig Heavier Than A Boot (link), my collaboration with photographer David Johnson, is forthcoming from Kris Graves Projects in October 2019. Anchored by site-specific meditation and performance, my practice investigates spiritual, queer power, eco-consciousness, and questions of home. Since 2012, I have worked with a persona called Petal. I am the recipient of fellowships and residencies from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Peaked Hill Trust, Hemera Foundation, and Wormfarm Institute. I have taught at Washington University in St. Louis and the Kansas City Art Institute, and I am also a certified yoga teacher.
From 2013-16, I organized public programs at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, emphasizing cross-disciplinary collaboration, artist-driven thinking, and community-directed action. Key projects included Ellipsis (Apr 15-Jul 2, 2016), featuring a focused presentation of video poetry and essay by Claudia Rankine and John Lucas, Thylias Moss, and John Bresland; How To Grieve and Dream at the Same Time (May 31-Jun 4, 2016), a residency with Bhanu Kapil; and Marfa Dialogues / St. Louis (Jul 30-Aug 3, 2014), a collaboration with Ballroom Marfa and The Public Concern Foundation that invited artists to present imaginative solutions to climate change issues in the Midwest.
I received my MFA Writing from Washington University in St. Louis and BA English from Tulane University (New Orleans). These two cities along the Mississippi River continue to resonate, even as my practice pulls me towards the sea.