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Biography

NEW YORK UNIVERSITY FRW Scholar in residence

AFRICANA STUDIES PROGRAM NEW ORLEANS PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Literature residency

THE KITTREDGE FUND, Research and writing grant

NATIONAL ENDOWMENT OF THE HUMANITIES, Fellowship

MEMBER PEN AMERICAN CENTER member

THE AUTHOR’S GUILD member

THE WRITERS ROOM, former Board of Directors member

THE MEDIA ALLIANCE, Newsletter editor/columnist

THE NATIONAL WRITERS UNION, confab organizer/member

THIRD WORLD WRITERS, Newsletter writer/member

THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLACK JOURNALISTS, member

SATCHMO FESTIVAL, presenter

CREOLE STUDIES CONFERENCE, presenter

AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION, panelist Booklist

TENNESSEE WILLIAMS FESTIVAL, panelist

FAULKNER FESTIVAL, Workshop leader

NEW YORK STATE COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS, fiction awards judge

AUGUSTA COLLEGE, Annual Writers Workshop and Competition judge

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR AMERICAN CULTURE STUDIES
panelist "The Writer and Community"