Essays/Creative Nonfiction

“A Black mother contemplates what it means to defund the police.”


“On the Importance of Recognizing the Politics of the Family.”

“How We Are: People Ask Other People ‘How Are You’ [during COVID-19]”

“Love, History, Hope: In the wake of George Floyd’s killing, three black Twin Cities authors look to the past, to their families and to the community as they make a plea for change.” — Star Tribune

“A family trip out west taught this Midwest essayist and bookworm how to find her voice.” — Star Tribune

“Holiday essay: Christmas at Home, Christmas in Liberia.” — Star Tribune

“My Blackness. (Still) Unfinished.” –mnartists

“Losing My Baby.” (with Kao Kalia Yang) –Minnesota Women’s Press

“Fear of a Black Mother excerpt.” –Star Tribune

“Fear of a Black Mother.” –In A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota, (Minnesota Historical Society Press)

“All the Information We Have,” and “Love Across the Middle Passage.” –In Blues Vision: African American Writing from Minnesota (Minnesota Historical Society Press).

“New Visions in Birth, Intimacy, Kinship, and Sisterly Partnerships.” (with Valerie Deus) –In Birthing Justice: Black Women, Pregnancy, and Childbirth (Routledge, 2015).

“A Pariah Among the Dreamless.” –Al Jazeera America Magazine

“Teaching While Black and Blue.” –Gawker

Short Fiction

“Something Out of the Nothing: An Excerpt from Dream Country.” –The Coil

“Minneapolis: Revisited.” –In Under Purple Skies: The Minneapolis Anthology (Belt Publishing)

“Salvation.” –In Welcome Home (Flux)

“Lonestar.” –In Sky Blue Water (University of Minnesota Press)

Book Reviews

“Review: ‘His Only Wife,’ by Peace Adzo Medie”

“Review: ‘She Would Be King,’ by Wayetu Moore,”

“Review: The Yellow House, by Sarah Broom,”

‘The Dragons, The Giant, The Women,’ Wayetu Moore

Scholarly Articles

“American Perversions or The Incredibly Twisted, Horribly True Story of How I Got Educated in the Academy,.” In Civility, Free Speech, and Academic Freedom in Higher Education (Routledge)

“Kinship Between Transracial Adoptees: A Case for the Kinship of Loss.” In Ethnicity and Kinship in North American and European Literatures (Routledge)

“The Risky Business of Engaging Racial Equity in Writing Instruction: A Tragedy in Five Acts.” (with others) –Teaching English at the Two-Year College

“Racial Harassment in the ‘Postracial’ Era: A Case of Discipline and Resistance in the Black Female Body.” –In Fighting Academic Repression and Neoliberal Education (Peter Lang)

“Science Fiction, Feminism, and Blackness: The Multifaceted Import of Octavia Butler’s Work.” –In The Black Imagination (Peter Lang).

“So Much to Remind Us We Are Dancing on Other Peoples’ Blood: Moving Toward Artistic Excellence, Moving from Silence to Speech, Moving in Water, with Ananya Dance Theatre.” (with others)
–In Critical Transnational Feminist Praxis (SUNY Press)