Literary Awards and Publications


I have won numerous literary awards in both fiction and poetry, beginning with the Academy of American Poets’ Prize, and the Pushcart Prize’s Honor Roll. My short fiction has won 1st prize from New Letters, 2nd Prize from Francis Ford Coppola’s Zoetrope: All-Story, 2nd prize in the Asheville Writers’ Workshop’s International Fiction Contest, 3rd Prize from the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest, and was finalist for Nimrod’s Katherine Anne Porter Prize and the Fiction Writers at Work Fellowship Competition.

I received a 2008 Minnesota State Arts Board Grant for work on my novel-in-progress, History Artist.

My second book of poetry, The Stone of Language, published in 2004, was a finalist in manuscript form in the following competitions: the Philip Levine Poetry Competition; Copper Canyon Press’s Hayden Carruth Award; Utah State University Press’s May Swenson Poetry Award; Cleveland State University’s Poetry Center Prize; and Alice James Books.

Some of the many awards my poems have received include 1st prizes from Another Chicago Magazine and Southern Poetry Review, and distinctions as finalist from The Paterson Literary Review and The Madison Review, among others.

I won the Loft’s Mentor Contest in poetry, as well as their Writers on Stage Contest (the performance of “Secret Traffic” resulting from this last competition won the Twin Cities Critics’ Kudos Award). In 1999, I was co-writer on “Hear My Voice”, a theatrical piece for which Blackberry Productions, a Black and Latino theater group active in NYC for 20 years, received a development grant from the New York State Council on the Arts.


In 2008, The Stories of Devil-Girl, a novella, was published by Modern History Press.

In 2003, a 2-volume CD set of The Stories of Devil-girl (a novella) was released. In 2000, an excerpt from my novel-in-progress, More Than The Wind, appeared in the Fall Issue of Harvard Review.

“Cold Ground”, a short story, appeared in 1991 in New Letters, and was reprinted the following year in A Pocketful of Prose: Contemporary Short Fiction, ed. David Madden; Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Inc., 1992.

Selections of short fiction from The Clerk’s Biography were published in The WARM Journal in Minneapolis, won the Loft’s Writers on Stage contest, and were performed at the Southern Theater.


My second book of poetry, The Stone of Language, was published by West End Press (Albuquerque, NM) in 2004.

I Know What the Small Girl Knew, my first poetry book, was published by Holy Cow! Press (Minneapolis, MN).

Individual poems have been published in the following literary magazines and anthologies:

Poet Lore; Another Chicago Magazine; American Poetry Review; The Paterson Literary Review; Blue Mesa; Chokecherries: A S.O.M.O.S. Anthology; Ikon; Rooster Crows at Light from the Bombing (Inroads anthology); The Madison Review; Southern Poetry Review; Papier-Mache Press; Life on the Line (a Negative Capability anthology); Caprice; Pivot; Violet; Black River Review; Sunbury; Ailanthus; Sing Heavenly Muse!; Sez Magazine; Quindaro; Tilt: A Women’s Anthology (from New Victoria Press); Something to Say (a West End Press anthology); and others.

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