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"Le coeur a ses raisons que la raison ne connait point. French. Pascal. The heart has its reasons, whereof reason knows nothing."— Madeleine L'Engle

My Recent Writing

As a critic and as an academic, I'm especially interested in exploring the politics of entertainment; in work by women, people of color, and queer people; and in the expansion of diversity and inclusion in literature, movies and TV. 

In 2020 I've written about books and authors for a variety of popular pubs and sites including BookPage, Book Riot, Shondaland, and The GrioHere's where to find those articles, interviews, and reviews. 


Cowboy Charming: Publishers Weekly Talks with Rebekah Weatherspoon Publishers Weekly, Print and Online 9/28/20

Interview with Alyssa Cole on A striking new thriller about race and gentrification.
BookPage, Print and Online September 2020.


Casting Spells Upon Your Shelves: Wild and Wicked Women. Long May We Praise Them. Long May We Be Them. A feature on feminist literary witch tales. 
BookPage, Print and Online October 2020

12 Must-Read Romances With Great Fat Representation.
Book Riot Sep 24, 2020

The Troubling Gap Between Fat Representation and Fat Acceptance In Romance
Book Riot Sep 10, 2020

Small-town struggles in three realistic yet comforting romances
BookPage 8/5/20

Love In the Public Eye
BookPage 7/7/20

Finding Black Joy in Romance Novels
The Grio 7/24/20

Black Romance Novels Matter Too
Shondaland.com 2/23/20

15 Must Read Black-Authored Historical Romance Novels of The Last 25 Year
Book Riot 2/29/20

I Read My Way Out: My Year of Reading Copiously and Therapeutically
Book Riot 3/3/20



Crosshairs by Catherine Hernandez. Print and Online November 2020 (URL to come)

White Ivy by Susie Yang. Print and Online November 2020 (URL to come)

When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole

You Lucky Dog by Julia London

Until the End by Juno Rushdan

Kept Animals by Kate Milliken (June Print issue)


Hearts on Hold by Charish Reid on Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa on The Book Queen's Book Palace

House Rules by Ruby Lang on Smart Bitches, Trashy Books



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