Stories

Kindle Single

"Pick Me"

A mixed-race couple struggles with class, race and infertility in their decision to adopt a Black child.

Amazon Kindle Single


Short Stories

“Choke Chains”

A young narrator strains for compassion and love to survive his family’s business exploiting pit bulls.

Oxford American

“Tatiana”

A young narrator details account of a girl gone missing from their small town neighborhood at the end of the school year, and the following summer when the girl is missed.

Kweli Journal

“Word” (2015 Pushcart Prize nomination)

A successful Detroit native is haunted by his role as a bystander in the crowd who witnessed the real-life beating of Deletha Word, who leaped to her death to escape.

Fiction International at San Diego State University

“There Were Six”

A Chicago El train worker is haunted from his missing daughter, whom he lost on the El train years before.

Per Contra: An International Journal of The Arts, Literature & Ideas

“Who Killed Her?”

An Indiana woman lies pathologically about her past as her present facades crumble.

Black Renaissance Noire at New York University (preview)

“What Billie and Phyllis Sang About”

A jilted woman is determined to make it alone in Harlem with help along the way.

Atticus Review | Story’s Soundtrack

“In 21 Days”

A working class Indiana family copes with their relative’s past violent history and impending execution.

Winter Tangerine Review

“The Incredibly Short Love Affair of Sixo Reese”

A Chicago man confronts the passing of time when he comes back home to care for his eldest sister.

Crack the Spine Literary Magazine

“No Comment”

A woman buys a one-way train ticket to leave the Big Apple, unfulfilled wishes and an abusive relationship behind.

Helen Presents: Friday Night Specials

“Drinking Alone”

A Harlem working mother wonders how to cope with urban pressures on her family.

Intellectual Refuge

“Personals”

A web of interconnected strangers is plagued by urban alienation and internet safety issues across a nameless online platform servicing the Midwest.

The Stockholm Review of Literature

“Arresting the Hogs”

Two women discuss their lives, city blues and foster parenting in a Harlem tenement.

5Stories

“A Letter In April”

A woman finds herself torn between two lovers she needs and wants in different ways.

Brown Sugar Black Erotica Series

“Card Parties” (Bessie Head/Zora Neale Hurston Short Fiction Award Winner at Gwendolyn Brooks Black Writers Conference)

Four women gather on the South Side of Chicago to play cards everyweek, and then a new woman joins their group and changes everything.

Michigan Quarterly Review at University of Michigan at Ann Arbor


Novel Excerpts

“Night Wind”

Excerpt from Speaking of Summer

Black Renaissance Noire

“Speaking of Summer”

A successful but overwhelmed New York woman finds her understanding of her twin sister’s death may say more about her own life than her deceased sister’s.

in Intellectual Refuge and Cat on a Leash Review

“At the House on Trummel Lane”

A woman’s life continually nosedives until she faces the source of her growing discontents, found in memories of how her life changed dramatically on entrance of a man into a once all-female household.

Intellectual Refuge

“The Pitchfork Game”

A mother discovers her daughter and a new friend’s secret activities in their Southern woods.

pluck! Journal of Affrilachain Arts & Culture at the University of Kentucky

“Solemn and the Hassles” (from Solemn)

A brave and strident girl is fated to tragedy in her Mississippi mobile home community, where the world around her begins to unravel after a child and woman’s disappearances.

Hermeneutic Chaos

“Pearletta” (from Solemn)

A brave and strident girl is fated to tragedy in her Mississippi mobile home community, where the world around her begins to unravel after a child and woman’s disappearances.

Deep South Magazine

“Expecting” (from Solemn)

A brave and strident girl is fated to tragedy in her Mississippi mobile home community, where the world around her begins to unravel after a child and woman’s disappearances.

 Gravel Literary Magazine at University of Arkansas at Monticello

“Singer’s” (from Solemn)

A brave and strident girl is fated to tragedy in her Mississippi mobile home community, where the world around her begins to unravel after a child and woman’s disappearances.

Hermeneutic Chaos

Excerpt from Conception

15-year old Shivana Golding lives in a world of hidden chaos in Chicago, until she discovers she is pregnant.

Otium: A Prose Magazine at University of Chicago