Selected honors and awards are listed below.
Finalist, Key West Literary Seminars’ Scotti Merrill Memorial Award, 2021. At the end of 2020, I was selected as a finalist for the 2021 Scotti Merrill Memorial Award, which honors emerging poets.
Nominated for a Best of the Net Award, 2020. Poet and blogger nominated my poem “Face Value” for a Best of the Net Award in August 2020, after it appeared on her blog Al-Khemia Poetica in March 2020.
Second Place Winner, San Antonio Writers’ Guild Poetry Contest, 2018. My poem “The Aspen” earned Second Place in this annual poetry contest.
Finalist, Key West Literary Seminars’ Scotti Merrill Memorial Award, 2018. At the end of 2017, I was selected as a finalist for the 2018 Scotti Merrill Memorial Award, which honors emerging poets.
Gold Winner, Human Relations Indie Book Award in Personal Challenge Poetry, 2017. I was selected as the Gold Winner in this category.
Winner, Bisexual Book Award in Poetry, 2017. The Body’s Alphabet won this national award sponsored by the Bi Writers Association in June 2017.
Finalist, Lambda Literary Award, 2017. The Body’s Alphabet was selected as a Lambda Literary Award finalist in the Bisexual Nonfiction category.
Finalist, Golden Crown Literary Society Award, 2017. The Body’s Alphabet was selected as a finalist for a Golden Crown Literary Society Award in poetry.
Nominated for a Pushcart Prize, 2016. Headmistress Press nominated my poem “Rescue” for a Pushcart Prize in December 2016.
Honorable Mention in Lindendwood Review‘s Annual Prose Poetry Contest, 2015. “A Pocket of Words” earned Honorable Mention in this annual contest and was published in June 2016 in Issue 6.
Finalist in Gazing Grain Press’ Chapbook Contest, 2015. My hybrid chapbook manuscript, “A Registry of Survival,” was selected as a finalist in this press’ annual chapbook contest.
Semifinalist for The Feminist Wire Poetry Contest, 2014. My poems advanced to the semi-finalist round in this online magazine’s annual poetry contest.
Nominated for a Best of the Net Award, 2012. F.J. Bergmann, the poetry editor for Mobius: The Journal of Social Change, nominated my poem, “pretend play,” for a 2012 Best of the Net Award in September 2012.
Finalist for Blue Light Press’ Annual Chapbook Contest, 2011. My manuscript White Out was selected as a finalist in this annual chapbook contest in November 2011.
Honorable Mention for New Sins Press Poetry Book Award, 2009. My full-length manuscript, blooming at nothing, was selected as one of three Honorable Mentions in this annual book contest.
Semifinalist for Second Annual Robin Becker Chapbook Contest, 2009. Selected as a semifinalist in this annual contest for LGBT poets.
Finalist for First Annual Robin Becker Chapbook Contest, 2008. Chosen as one of ten finalists for this chapbook award for GLBT poets sponsored by Seven Kitchens Press.
Finalist for Blue Light Press’ Annual Chapbook Contest, 2008. Beleaguered Oases was selected as a finalist in this annual chapbook contest sponsored by the Bay Area’s Blue Light Press.
Nominated for a Pushcart Prize, 2007. Knock Journal nominated “rumination” for a 2007 Pushcart Prize.
Winner of Knock Journal’s Ecolit Poetry Contest, 2007. “the beheading” earned first place in the poetry category of this contest.
Finalist for New Sins Press Poetry Book Award, 2006. Donuts & Beer was selected as a finalist for this annual book contest run by an Ohio-based press.
Finalist for Summer Literary Seminars Poetry Workshop in St. Petersburg, Russia, 2006. Selected as finalist in Summer Literary Seminars’ biggest contest to date and awarded partial fellowship for workshop tuition.
Honorable Mention in Pennsylvania Poetry Society’s Charles M. Ferguson Contest, 2006. Received honorable mention in this environmental poetry contest.
Finalist for Quercus Review Poetry Series Annual Book Award, 2006. My manuscript, uncharted course, was selected as a finalist in this annual book contest.
Featured Poet in QP: queer poetry, 2005. Selected to be a featured poet in Issue 5 of this online poetry magazine. The issue was published in Spring 2005.
Writer’s Grant from Vermont Studio Center, 2004. Selected for grant for month-long residency at artists’ residency center in Johnson, Vermont, to be utilized in 2005.
Semifinalist for Brittingham and Pollak Prize in Poetry, 2003. My manuscript, uncharted course, was a selected as a semifinalist for the 2003 Prize awarded by the University of Wisconsin Press.
Semifinalist for Kenyon Review Prize in Poetry, 2002. My manuscript, uncharted course, was selected as a semifinalist for the 2002 Kenyon Review Prize in Poetry.
First Runner Up in GSU Review’s Third Annual Writing Contest, 1997. Poetry judge Jane Hirshifield chose my poem “Holding Out for Spring” as first runner-up in this national writing contest sponsored by Georgia State University.