Creative Nonfiction Writer
Publications & Prizes
Named as one of the Louisianians of the Year by Louisiana Life Magazine, 2019.
Outstanding Educator, Lafayette Parish Democratic party, 2018.
Oliver-Sigur Humanitarian Award from The Louisiana Council on Human Relations, 2015. “Tattos and Birthmarks,” 3rd prize in Federico Garcia Lorca Poetry Prize. (Judge: Sean Thomas Dougherty.) December, 2014.
Public Humanities Programming award from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. March, 2013.
Honorable Mentions for best stories of the year, 2012. Tales from the South.
Residence Grant from The Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico. Residency for May 20 --August 1, 2005.
"Writer's Body," Finalist Gulf Coast Non-Fiction Prize (judged by Mark Doty.) Residence Grant from The Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico. Residency for May 15 -- July, 2003.
“Writing for My Life,” 1st place, The Writers Workshop 8th Annual Memoirs Contest. April 8, 2002.
“Intimacy,” 2nd place, The El Dorado Writers--Guild Sixth Annual Writing Contest. March 18, 2002.
“Rearranging the Furniture,” 3rd place, Rosalie Fleming Memorial Essay Prize (Judged by Mary Eastham), January, 2001.
“Rearranging the Furniture,” runner-up for Maclean Hunter Award for Literary Non-fiction. December, 2000.