Writing Awards

  • 8th Prize Winner for Magazine Feature titled “If You Want It, Come and Get It: How Today’s Music Defines Female Sexuality” from the Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition
  • 4th Prize Winner for Magazine Feature titled “Getting Kids to Love Reading” from Writer’s Digest 81st Annual Writing Competition (2012)
  • Honorable Mention for Magazine Feature titled “Rape Culture” from Writer’s Digest 80th Annual Writing Competition (2011)
  • 5th Prize Winner for a feature magazine article titled “From Little Girls to Prostitots” — Awarded by the 79th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition (2010)
  • 48th Prize winner for a creative non-fiction excerpt from DROWNING SQUIRRELS — Awarded by the 79th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition (2010)


  • Nominated for the Excellence in Teaching Award, 2016
  • Nominated for Sakai Online Teaching Award, 2015 and 2016
  • Recipient of the 2009-2010 Adjunct Excellence in Teaching Award by Durham Technical Community College

Conference Presentations

  • The Hunger Memoirs: Women Writers Searching for Identity and Power through Food on Food and Memoir panel at the SAMLA Conference in 2012.
  • Presented a discussion on “A Loaded Gun”: Female Power and Voice in Emily Dickinson’s Work at Durham Technical Community College during Poetry Hour in 2013
  • Taught poetry workshop on Writing Found Poems to faculty and students at Durham Tech in 2014
  • Conducted a Poetry Hour presentation on “My Jagged Fangs”: Using Poetry to Combat Violence against Women in 2015
  • “Writing the Immersion Memoir” Craft Presentation for MFA program at Queens University, Charlotte, in 2015
  • Presented on Student Web Pages for Sakai Tools in TLC, 2014 and 2016