Education

2020-2022 (expected) University of Michigan, Helen Zell Writers Program, Ann Arbor, MI
—— M.F.A Creative Writing, Poetry

2013-2017 Davidson College, magna cum laude – Davidson, NC
—— B.A. Anthropology (High Honors); International Studies minor

2016 IES Study Abroad, Arabic and Islamic Studies – Rabat, Morocco (French / Arabic immersion)
—— Maghrebian literature, Islam, and Arabic (MSA and Darija)

2015 SIT Study Abroad, Rural and Urban Development – Antananarivo, Madagascar (French / Malagasy immersion)
—— Malagasy language, culture, and politics; conducted independent fieldwork


Languages

Malagasy (Official) – Advanced Mid
Malagasy (Antemoro) – Advanced Mid
French – Advanced Low
Arabic (Darija) – Beginner
Arabic (MSA) – Beginner
Punjabi – Beginner
Hindi – Beginner


Work Experience

2020 Michigan Quarterly Review, Poetry and Non-Fiction Reader – Ann Arbor, MI

2020 Autumn House Press, Full-Length Poetry Contest Reader – Remote

2018-2020 Peace Corps Madagascar, Education Volunteer/English Teacher – Nato, Madagascar (Malagasy immersion)

2018-2020 Off Radar, Editor-in-Chief – Nato, Madagascar

2019-2020 L’Arbre Global Ltd., Proofreader/Copy-Editor – Remote

2017-2018 Little Scholars, Art teacher – New Orleans, LA

2017 Tea Witch Cafe, Herbal Tea Mixer – New Orleans, LA

2017 Playworks, Americorps Volunteer – New Orleans, LA

2017 Talwar Gallery, Editorial Intern – New York, NY New York, NY

2013-2017 Van Every/Smith Galleries, Gallery Assistant – Davidson, NC

2016-2017 Libertas Magazine, Art Editor – Davidson, NC

2016-2017 Hobart Park Annual Literary Review, Poetry Editor – Davidson, NC

2016 Duke Talent Identificiation Program, Middle Grades Counselor – Winson-Salem, NC

2016 Centre des Femmes Universelles, English Teacher – Rabat, Morocco

2015 Uzazi Village, Project Manager – Kansas City, MO

2013 Ferme de la Gaule, Farm Assistant – Trois-Rives, Quebec (French Immersion)


Writing Awards & Publications

2020 (pending) Mpanoratra Gasy Vao Misondrotra: Fanangonana Tononkalo sy Andrana [Translation: Emerging Malagasy Writers: A Collection of Poetry and Essays], Self-Published in Madagascar

2019 Madagaslam Poetry Festival, guest poet and U.S. representative, Antananarivo, Madagascar
—— Invited as international guest poet to perform at the English Language Institute

2019 lightning makes the clay red, CreateSpace (poetry/prose chapbook)

2019 Louisiana’s Best Emerging Poets: An Anthology, Z Publishing House
—— Poetry:  “m-i-s-s-i-s-s-i-p-p-i”
—— Poetry:  “snake children”

2018 sweetened & steeped, CreateSpace (poetry chabook)

2018 North Carolina’s Emerging Writers: An Anthology of Fiction, Z Publishing House
—— Prose:  “Gray”

2017 Charles E. Lloyd Winner, 2nd place, Davidson College
—— Awarded for excellence in the field of non-fiction, judged by Cynthia Hogue
—— Prose: “Lake Bird”

2017 Hobart ParkAnnual Literary Review of Davidson College
—— Poetry: “bloom, swell, blister”; “bone white”
—— Prose: “the Thursday after the thunder”

2017 Poetry featured at Annual Mid-Atlantic North Region Conference, American College Dance Association
—— Poetry: “when God created the animals”

2016 Vereen Bell Memorial Award, 1st place, Davidson College
—— Most prestigious annual writing award at Davidson College, judged by A. Van Jordan
—— Poetry: “sweetened & steeped I-IV”

2016 Charles E. Lloyd Winner, 2nd place, Davidson College
—— Awarded for excellence in the field of non-fiction, judged by Randy Fertel
—— Non-fiction: “Attapulgus”

2015 Vereen Bell Memorial Award, 3rd place, Davidson College
—— Most prestigious annual writing award, judged by Tony Earley
—— Poetry: “when God created the animals”

2014 R. Windley Hall Award, Non-Fiction, 1st place, Davidson College
—— Presented for writing excellence within first year class, judged by Philip Gerard
—— Non-fiction: “Blackwater”

2014-2017 Various publications in Libertas Magazine, Davidson College
—— Independent student literary magazine at Davidson College


Anthropology Awards

2017 Franz Boas Award, Davidson College Anthropology Department
Awarded to anthropology graduate who best exemplifies leadership, intellectual curiosity, and ethical concerns for all humanity

2017 Undergraduate Paper Award, Southern Anthropological Society
Article: “Scars that Shimmy and Sing: How Antankarana Historical Trauma is Communicated through the Salegy”

2017 High Honors Thesis, Davidson College
Thesis: “Of Silver, of Scars: The Silence of Historical Trauma among the Antankarana of Northern Madagascar”


Art Awards & Exhibitions

2020 Artwork featured in SWGA Art Show at Firehouse Gallery, Bainbridge, GA

2018 Solo Exhibition: Alchemy of Gold at Studio 209, Thomasville, GA

2018 Artwork featured in Hulu series The First, New Orleans, LA
—— Painting: before the lightning took the oakmoss drippingthe house where i grew up; the branches where i grew up

2018 Artwork featured by Leo Burnett Company, New Orleans, LA
—— Painting:  apple to temple ; the branches where i grew up

2017 Artwork featured in cover of Hobart Park Annual Literary Review
—— Paintings: three sistersapple to temple (previously titled Ithaca)

2017 Audience Choice Award and Honorable Mention, Davidson College Annual Student Art Exhibition
Judged by popular vote and Endia Beal, respectively
—— Painting: before the lightning took the oak

2015 Choreography selected for Southeast Regional Gala, American College Dance Association
—— Adjudicated by Bill Evans, James Sutton, and Edisa Weeks
—— Choreography: “Sweetened and Steeped”

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