My First Official Publication

               I’m excited to finally share 2022’s issue of The Meadow, along with the news that I have my first official publication within its pages. I’ve been sitting on this acceptance since January(!) but am thrilled to see how it’s all come together under the editors’ hands and all of the amazing names and works… Continue reading My First Official Publication


StokerCon 2022 Book Haul

               One of the things I love most about writing conferences are the books. I’ve attended four conferences now and, somehow, I manage to walk away from each of them with a stack of new reads no matter how I try to control myself. The benefit of StokerCon, of course, is that these books are… Continue reading StokerCon 2022 Book Haul


Shelfie 2022: Vintage & Antique Books

            In January, I shared an updated tour of my bookshelves. While my collection is smaller and a bit more selective than it used to be, I still have a fondness for whatever catches my eye. Often this includes less recent books. Living in a world where classics are available digitally or in a hundred… Continue reading Shelfie 2022: Vintage & Antique Books


Shelfie Update 2022

               I don’t know about you, but the inherent voyeuristic pleasure in observing others’ bookshelves is one of life’s gentlest joys. You can find common ground in shared reads, new titles for your TBR, question their taste, and so much more. Plus, in the years since social media has pushed the ‘reader aesthetic’, the organization… Continue reading Shelfie Update 2022


My MFA Reading List

               Every MFA may be different, but there is a reasonable enough assumption that all anyone in an MFA does is sit around reading the canon and espousing repetitive wisdom that “this is how it has been done and how we must do.” Well, maybe that’s how they did it in the 1800s, but this… Continue reading My MFA Reading List


“I Would Cross Every Distance for You”: The Space Between Us by Courtney Peppernell & Zack Grey

            This has the dubious honor of being the first book TikTok made me buy. Way back in 2020, I came across a video of someone taking it off their shelf, flipping to a random page, and reading one of the short, punchy poems. From that and the subject matter alone, I thought it was… Continue reading “I Would Cross Every Distance for You”: The Space Between Us by Courtney Peppernell & Zack Grey


From the Shelves: Women in Horror 2021

            We can generally agree that it’s all well and good to provide “best of”, “top”, and “authors you should know” lists whenever we’re trying to draw attention to a particular group of writers. Often, these lists are fairly inclusive and, as time goes on, more names get added and people come more in the… Continue reading From the Shelves: Women in Horror 2021


My Favorite Books of 2020

            I didn’t read many books in 2020. Some of this may be because of post-MFA burnout, and some of it may be due to the mental fatigue of dealing with a pandemic. I started a lot of books—didn’t finish them. I read plenty of fan fiction; it is easier to delve into familiar worlds… Continue reading My Favorite Books of 2020


Black Literature Matters

A great piece of advice I learned early in my college career was that “every –ism is not a noun but a verb, and we are either constantly doing or undoing that action.” Feminism is an active verb. Classism is too. Most of all, so is racism. In this way, the beliefs and thoughts that… Continue reading Black Literature Matters


My Favorite Books of 2019

    I read 40 books of various sizes, shapes, and genres, but, for the sake of brevity, I’m only going to pick my favorites for this end of year recap. To keep it simple, I’ve come up with some rules: One book per genre. The book need not be published in 2018, but did… Continue reading My Favorite Books of 2019