For me, writing is a work of the heart, an attempt to use those “less obvious capacities” of the imagination to wrangle meaning out of the beauty, struggle, wonder, and pain that we find all around and within us. It is, in that sense, always an essay—a bold effort at accomplishing something that was probably never possible to begin with. It ignores our desire to define its worth, but we are so much richer with it than we are without it.

I write fiction, poetry, and essays. Below is a sample of my work:

“Yours” is a short spiritual poem that was recently published in Tokens. Click here to read it.

“Zora Neale Hurston on Racial Identity, Ninety Years Later” is an essay I wrote commemorating the ninetieth anniversary of Zora Neale Hurston’s graduation from Barnard College and examining the continuing importance of her famous essay “How it Feels to be Colored Me.” It was published in 2018 by Columbia Review. Click here to read the essay.

Additionally, you can read more bits and pieces of my writing, reflections, and descriptions of my travels on my other blog: tenthousandli.me.