Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION

Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA

Doctorate of Philosophy in English, Concentration: Creative Writing, Fiction

May 2012

Chair: Dr. John Holman

Dissertation: Should Have Known Better: A Novel 

Primary Specialization: Fiction

Secondary Specialization: Poetry

*Extended Studies, Teaching and Professional Experience: Creative Nonfiction, Business Writing, Composition, Multicultural and American Literature, Writing in Social Sciences and Humanities, Screenwriting, Playwriting, Pedagogical Techniques

 

University of Georgia, Athens, GA

Master of Arts in English, Creative Writing

May 2003

Chair: Dr. Reginald McKnight

Thesis: It’s In Your Hands: A Creative Collection

Specialization: Fiction

*Extended Studies and Teaching: Composition, Poetry, Multi-genre Creative Writing

 

New York University, New York, NY

Bachelor of Arts in English

May 1998

Minor: Creative Writing

 

Spelman College, Atlanta, GA

Domestic Exchange Program

Spr. 1997

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Pedagogical Interests and Experience

Creative writing – fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, screenwriting, playwriting, memoir, journalism, drama, storytelling

Composition – across the curriculum, business/professional writing, technical writing, digital writing, rhetorical analysis and argumentation, writing in social sciences and humanities

Literature – contemporary, multicultural, American

Student Development – culturally relevant pedagogy, mentoring, student teaching

Web-based teaching – paperless classroom, social media, blogging, digital argument

Collegiate Courses

Lecturer, 2012-Present – Spelman College, Atlanta, GA

Argumentation (ENG 287) – Argumentation and analysis – Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014

Creative Nonfiction Writing Workshop (ENG 391) – Nonfiction – Fall 2016

Fiction Writing (ENG 396) – Fiction – Spr. 2013, Spr. 2014, Spr. 2015, Spr. 2016, Spr. 2017

First-Year Composition (ENG 103) – Expository writing and analysis – Spr. 2013, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Spr. 2014, Fall 2014, Spr. 2015, Fall 2015, Spr. 2016; Fall 2016; Spr. 2017

Grammar I (ENG 150) – Grammar, mechanics and punctuation – Spr. 2013, Fall 2013

Journalism Workshop I (ENG 381) – Human interest writing and online publishing, – Fall 2015, Spr. 2016; Spr. 2017
Screenwriting I (ENG 397) – Screenplay writing, script analysis, dramaturgy – Fall 2014, Fall 2015; Fall 2016

Screenwriting II (ENG 407) – Screenplay writing, voice and short films; *New course development – Spr. 2013, Spr. 2014, Spr. 2015
First-Year Advisor, 2013-Present

First Year Experience (FYE 101) – Student advisement and mentoring – Fall 2013, Spr. 2014, Fall 2014, Spr. 2015, Fall 2015, Spr. 2016; Fall 2016; Spr. 2017

 

Teaching Assistant, 2008-2012- Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA

Creative Writing (ENGL 3150B) – Fiction – Fall 2009, Sum. 2010, Spr. 2011

College Composition II (ENGL 1102) – Argumentation and analysis – Fall 2008, Spr. 2009, Spr. 2010, Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Spr. 2012

College Composition I (ENGL 1101) – Expository writing and analysis – Sum. 2009

 

Adjunct Instructor, 2005-Present – Shorter University, Rome, GA

Principles of Academic Writing for Social Sciences (ENGL 3000) – Writing in Social Sciences – Fall 2010 *Curriculum Writer

Professional Communication (ENGL 3360) – Business writing – Fall 2009, Spr. 2010, Sum. 2010

U.S. Business Culture in Novel and Film (ENGL 3310) – Studies in literature – Fall 2005, Spr. 2006, Sum. 2006, Sum. 2007, Fall 2007, Spr. 2007, Sum. 2009, Fall 2009

Environment and the Human Mind (HUMN 2320) – Literature/Humanities: Multicultural literature and natureFall 2005, Spr. 2006, Fall 2007, Spr. 2007, Sum. 2007, Spr. 2009, Spr. 2010, Sum. 2010, Spr. 2012

Written Communication and Literary Analysis (ENGL 1120) – Analysis of American fiction, poetry, and drama – Sum. 2008, Spr. 2009, Sum. 2009

Adult Written Communication I (ENGL 1110) – Composition and argumentation – Sum. 2005, Spr. 2005, Fall 2007, Spr. 2008

Foundations of Composition (ENGL 1000) – Grammar and mechanics – Fall 2007, Spr. 2008, Sum. 2008, Fall 2008, Spr. 2009

 

Instructor, 2006-2008 – Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA

College Composition II (ENGL 106) – Literature and analysis; computer assisted – Spr.

2007, Fall 2007, Spr. 2008

College Composition I (ENGL 105) – Argumentation – Fall 2006, Spr. 2007, Fall 2007

 

Teaching Assistant, 2001-2003 – University of Georgia, Athens, GA

Creative Writing (ENGL 3800) – Multi-genre: fiction, nonfiction and poetry – Spr. 2003, Fall 2002

College Composition I (ENGL 1101) – Argumentation; computer assistedFall 2002

Apprentice, 2001-2002

Creative Writing *Honors (ENGL 3800H) – Fiction, nonfiction and poetry – Sum. 2002

College Composition I (ENGL 1101) – Composition and argumentation – Fall 2001

 

Writing Workshops

Symposium Director and Featured Author, May 2013 – League of Black Women 2013 Conference, Destin, FL

Bedtime Stories: A Writing Symposium

 

Creative Writing Instructor, June 2012 – Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System – West End Branch, Atlanta, GA

The Short Story: Concept to Completion

 

Creative Writing Instructor, Sept. 2007 – Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA

The Language of Activism: Journaling and the Jena Six

 

Creative Writing Instructor, July 2005Westbury Junior High School Summer Program, Westbury, NY

Hip-Hop in Words: Non Fiction Writing

 

Creative Writing Instructor, Oct. 2002 – Dr. Betty Shabazz Girl’s Academy, Athens, GA

Tupac Shakur: Poetry Writing

 

Creative Writing Instructor, Oct. 1998 – Minisink Townhouse Community Center, New York, NY

Toni Morrison: African American Writers and Tradition

 

 

SERVICE TO THE PROFESSION AND COMMUNITY

 

Spelman College, Atlanta, GA

Academic Advisor, Fall 2013 – Present

 

Faculty Advisor, English Club, Fall 2015 – Present

 

Co-Organizer, English Major Fair, Fall 2016

 

Campus Coordinator, Pulitzer Center College Consortium, Fall 2016

 

Campus Representative/Tester, Dow Jones Fellowship, Fall 2016

 

Organizer, House of June Film Screen, Fall 2016

 

Co-Organizer, English Major Fair, Spring 2016

 

Organizer and Lecture Moderator, Journalism Series: Professional Options in Communications with Dr. Natalie Tindall, Fall 2015

 

Organizer and Lecture Moderator, Journalism Series: Professional Editing with Yvette Caslin, Fall 2015

 

Organizer and Lecture Moderator, Journalism Series: Freelance Journalism with Maurice Garland and Rodney Carmichael, Fall 2015

 

Organizer and Lecture Moderator, Journalism Series: Podcast Journalism with Carlton Hargro, Fall 2015

 

Coordinator, “I’m An English Major” Promotional Video Project, Fall 2015

 

 

Co-Organizer, English Major Fair, Fall 2015

 

Co-Presenter, Peer Editing in the Classroom, Writing Center Workshop Series, Spring 2015

 

Presenter, Writing Contemporary Argument, Writing Center Workshop Series, Fall 2014

 

Faculty Volunteer, Founder’s Day, April 2014

 

Organizer and Faculty Advisor, Spring Student Film Exhibition: “Student Film Festival: Five Women, Five Stories, Five Films,” Spring 2014

 

Organizer and Faculty Advisor, Women’s History Month Poetry Celebration: “Catching Fire: An Evening of Epic Performance,” Spring 2014

 

Presenter, Writing Contemporary Argument, Writing Center Workshop Series, Fall 2013

 

Faculty Advisor, Spelman Student Film and Journalism Association, Fall 2013-Spring 2014

 

Presenter, Writing Fiction, Faculty Research Presentations with Tananarive Due, Fall 2013

 

Faculty Advisor, True Blue Student Scholarship Funding, Registered Student Club, Spring 2013-Fall 2014

 

Organizer and Faculty Advisor, Spring Student Film Exhibition: “The Shorties Film Festival: Five Women, Five Stories, Five Films,” Spring 2013

 

Meeting Administrator, English Department Faculty and Committee Meetings, Fall 2012

 

Faculty Co-Advisor, Aunt Chloe Literary Magazine, Fall 2012 – Spring 2013

 

Co-Organizer and Lecture Moderator, American Jazz and its Influence in Europe with Dr. Jurgen

Grandt, Spring 2013

 

Organizer and Lecture Moderator, Dionne Irving, Voice and Publication, Spring 2013

 

Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA

Creative Writing Professional Development Community Member, 2008-Present

 

Composition Professional Development Community Member, Creative Writing Lesson Plans, Presenter, 2008-2009

 

Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA

Annual Writers Workshop Conference Volunteer Student Coordinator, 2006-2008

 

“Black Voices” Semester Play Presentation Event Support, 2006-2008

 

New English Student Orientation Facilitator, Mentor, 2007-2008

 

Composition Exit Exam Grader, 2006-2008

 

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

Fiction (As Grace Octavia)

Under the Bali Moon. New York: Harlequin, June 2016

 

His Last Wife. New York: Kensington Publishing, Nov. 2014

 

“Beats of My Heart: A Novella.” Endless Summer Nights. New York: Harlequin, June 2014

 

His Third Wife. New York: Kensington Publishing, Oct. 2013

 

What He’s Been Missing. New York: Kensington Publishing, Nov. 2012

 

“L.A. Confidential: A Novella.” Reckless. New York: Kensington Publishing, April 2012

 

Should Have Known Better. New York: Kensington Publishing, Nov. 2011

 

Playing Hard to Get. New York: Kensington Publishing, June 2010

 

Something She Can Feel. New York: Kensington Publishing, June 2009

 

His First Wife. New York: Kensington Publishing, Sept. 2008

 

Take Her Man. New York: Kensington Publishing, May 2007

 

Creative Nonfiction (As Calaya Reid)

“When in Rome.” Mandala Literary Magazine: University of Georgia, May 2008.

 

“Primetime at Da Crib.” Mandala Literary Magazine: University of Georgia, May 2008.

 

“Cal’s Girls.” Sisterfriends. Ed. Julia Chance. New York: Pocket Books, 2001. 162-167.

 

Scholarly Essays (As Calaya Reid)

“From Bitch to Baby: Struggles Dealing with African American Women’s Language in Take Her Man. African American Women’s Language: Discourse, Education, and Identity. Ed. Dr. Sonja Lanehart. New York: Cambridge, 2009. 228-244. Print.

 

 

SELECTED INVITED PRESENTATIONS

 

Fiction

Featured Author Reading and Signing: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, Tuscaloosa Alumnae Chapter, Tuscaloosa, AL: May 2013

Take Her Man (Excerpts): University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL: April 2008

 

Should Have Known Better (Featured Series Reader at Various Locations – Excerpts): Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System – Adult Summer Reading Program, Atlanta, GA: June 2012

 

Something She Can Feel (Excerpts): West Georgia Technical College–Newnan Campus, Newnan, GA: March 2012

 

His First Wife (Excerpts): Clayton State University, Morrow, GA: March 2012

 

His First Wife (Excerpts): Literary Café: York College, Jamaica, NY: May 2009

 

Take Her Man (Excerpts): Delta Sigma Theta National Convention, Orlando, FL: July 2008

 

Take Her Man (Excerpts): University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL: April 2008

 

Take Her Man (Excerpts): Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA: Oct. 2007

 

“Leukemia”: Graduate Student Reading: Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA: Mar. 2005

 

“Louie’s Life Was Short: A One-Act Play”: Young Voices in African American Drama: Tisch School of the Arts, New York, NY: Oct. 1996

 

 

Creative Nonfiction

Keynote Speaker. “Be Fabulous: Not Built to Break”: Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys, Atlanta, GA: Oct. 2009

 

“When in Rome”: Mandala Literary Magazine Reading: University of Georgia, Athens, GA: May 2008

 

“Black Migration: From South to North to South”: Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA: Nov. 2007

 

“The Body Essays”: Young Writers: University of Georgia, Athens, GA: May 2003

 

“The Black Woman in Harlem”: African American Day Parade Celebration, New York, NY: Sept. 2000

 

Poetry

Selections: Love, Peace, & Chicken Grease: University of Georgia, Athens, GA: Sept. 2002

 

“The Star Called History”: Carnival Africa: Feat. The Last Poets: New York University, New York, NY: Feb. 1996

 

Selections: “Young Voices in Poetry.” Yari Yari: Conference of Black Women Writers: New York University, New York, NY: Nov. 1996

 

 

SELECTED CONFERENCES AND FESTIVALS

 

“Creative Writing and Inspiration”: Clark Atlanta University 42nd Annual Writer’s Workshop: Panel: Celebrating and Creating Literary Excellence: Atlanta, GA: April 2012

 

His First Wife: South Carolina Book Festival: Panels: Southern Fiction, Book Clubs, Brunch With the Authors: Columbia, SC: Feb. 2009

 

“From Bitch to Baby: Struggles Dealing with African American Women’s Language in Take Her Man.” African American Women’s Language Conference, University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX: March 2008

 

“Writing On Me”: Second Annual Women of Color in the Media Conference: Hunter College, New York, NY: Oct. 2000

 

“Black Feminism at NYU”: Black Feminism: Annual Women’s Month Celebration Conference, New York University, New York, NY: March 1998.

 

 

FELLOWSHIPS, AWARDS, AND RECOGNITION

 

Top Multicultural Fiction Novel (Nominated), Romantic Times, Annual Conference 2011

Bestsellers List, Essence, May 2008

Readers Choice Award, Romantic Times, Annual Conference 2008

Graduate Teaching Fellowship, Georgia State University, 2008-Present

Best New Author, Real Ladies Read, 2007

Superior Scholar Award, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, 2005

Graduate Teaching Fellowship, University of Georgia, 2001-2003

President’s Circle Award for Community Service, New York University, 1998

 

 

MEMBERSHIPS

 

Author’s Guild of America, Past

Sigma Tau Delta, National English Honors Society, 2002-2003

Graduate and Professional Students Organization Member, Secretary, 2001-2003

 

 

RELATED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

Publishing: Editorial

Fiction Editor

Steed Media Group, Atlanta, GA: July 2010-Present

 

Special Projects Editor, May 2004-Present

Head Editor, May 2003-May 2004

Rolling Out Urbanstyle Weekly, Atlanta, GA

 

Associate Editor

Digitalcity.com, New York, NY: July 2000-July 2001

 

Editorial Assistant

Simon & Schuster Pocket Books, New York, NY: Aug. 1998-July 2000

 

Editorial Intern

Henry Holt & Company, New York, NY: Jan. 1998-May 1998

 

Editorial Intern

Scholastic Books, New York, NY: May 1995-Aug. 1995

 

Writing: Professional Writing Contracts and Screenwriting

Screenplay Writer/Editor, “The High Life”

Three, Atlanta, GA: 2015-Present

 

Co-Writer

Serendipity Literary Agency, New York, NY: 2013

 

Screenplay Writer/Editor

DAH Productions, Los Angeles, CA: 2007-2010

 

Book Proposal Writer/Editor

Tracy Sherrod Literary Services, New York, NY: 2007- 2011

 

Treatment Writer/Editor

Black Family Channel, Atlanta, GA: Feb. 2006-Sept. 2006

 

Freelance Writer

America Online, Dulles, VA: July 2001-Feb. 2002

 

Curriculum Development and Pedagogical Research

Curriculum Writer

Institute for Professional Development, Phoenix, AZ: May 2010

*Contracted to write the initial curriculum for Shorter University’s course Principles of

Academic Writing for Social Sciences (ENGL 3000).

 

Graduate Research Assistant

Georgia State University, College of Education, Atlanta, GA: Sept. 2005-May 2006

*Research conducted under Dr. Lou Matthews, Mathematics education and

culturally-relevant pedagogy specialist.

 

Professional Development

Spelman College Moodle Training, Atlanta, GA, Fall 2012

Spelman College Advanced Moodle Training, Atlanta, GA, Fall 2012