Red Mountain Press' 2018 Poetry Prize, judged by Denise Low, named Monica's manuscript, Instructions for Temporary Survival, first runner-up! Though she didn't win, the manuscript was selected for publication by Red Mountain Press! Shortly after, the manuscript was awarded the 2018 Discovery Prize for excellence and promise in a first author's book. Preorders begin in May, and come to the book launch in Santa Fe, NM on June 23, 2019!


Monica's newest chapbook Letters from the Other Woman launched at AWP18 in Tampa on March 7! Published by Grey Book Press, this collection works through the complications of infidelity, depression, and remorse. Pick up your copy at Grey Book Press, or request a signed copy from Monica by contacting her on the Contact page!

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(INSTRUCTIONS FOR TEMPORARY SURVIVAL will be released in June 2019! Stay tuned!)

(HOW TO EXTERMINATE THE BLACK WOMAN: A CHOREOPOEM will be released in spring 2020! Stay tuned!)

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The Pangolin Review: "Flexible," "Pull Me Back," and "Refrigerator," Issue 7, November 2018

The Same: "Black Girl Magic: Origin Story," October 2018

Subterranean Blue Poetry: "Maine, or How to Leave Your Lover for Good," Volume VI, Issue XI, Fall 2018

Spire Light: A Journal of Creative Expression: "Chez N'Diaye: Fatou," "The Apranti," and "Letter to the Mother of a Suicidal Teenager," April 2018

The Ibis Head Review:Volume 3, Issue 1: "My Mother's Bedroom," "Carefully Cultivated," and "Releasing the Slave," March 2018

Texas's Best Emerging Poets by Z Publishing: "Loss as a Canyon," September 2017

The Shade Journal: Issue 2: "Condition of the Mother," April 2017

The Rain, Party, & Disaster Society: Volume 3, Issue 1: "In My Blood," January 2016

The Sula Collective: Issue 4: "February 21, 1965" (November 2015), "Supplication" (December 2015), "Unsolicited Advice to Black Girls Who Can't Remember What Their Faces Look Like" (December 2015), "Rest Area No. 52 in Morgan County, Georgia" (February 2016)

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Creative Nonfiction


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Exhume: Issue 001: "How to Survive a Breakup: Go for a Run," September 2018

HerStory: Modern Love Edition: "How to Survive a Breakup: Stop Taking Your Pills," February 2018

Round Up Magazine: "High Heels & Fresh Air," January 2018

MadCap Review: Issue 7: "Guide to Meeting the Woman Your Lover Is Fucking," January 2018

Fourth & Sycamore: "How to Survive a Breakup: Get a Houseplant," December 2017

TRACK//FOUR: Issue 4: "How to Survive a Breakup: Shave Your Head" and "How to Survive a Breakup: Sponsor a Child in Africa," July 2017

MadCap Review: Issue 5: "How to Survive a Breakup: Quit Smoking," January 2017

Thrillist Media Group, Sex & Dating Vertical: "What I Learned from 5 Years as a 'Vagina Monologues' Actor," April 2016

MadCap Review: Issue 3: "Seasonal," July 2015

Agnes Scott College 43rd Annual Writers' Festival Magazine: "Rules for the Wingwoman," Winter 2014

The McNair Journal for Interdisciplinary Studies: "Confessions in Living Color(ed): The Creation of a Choreopoem, Phase One of Honors Project," Summer 2011

The McNair Journal for Interdisciplinary Studies: "God Don' Like Ugly: The Presence of God in the Literature of Paule Marshall," Summer 2010

Book Reviews and Culture Rants

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Santa Fe Writers Project Quarterly: Issue 13: "How Do You Say That Word?: Choreopoems and Cultural Relevance," May 2018 

Santa Fe Writers Project Quarterly: Issue 9: "To Be a Real Writer: Privileged Writing Advice," May 2017

Book Reviews Featured Now!

Santa Fe Writers Project Quarterly: Motherhood as Existence in All We Can Hold: Poems of Motherhood edited by Elise Gregory, Emily Gwinn, Kaleen McCandless, Kate Maude, and Laura Walker,” October 1, 2016

Santa Fe Writers Project Quarterly: Trading Insults for Healing in The Dozen by Casey Rocheteau,” October 1, 2016

Santa Fe Writers Project Quarterly: Hide and Seek from the Top of the ferrous wheel: Book Review for Natalie Sharp’s ferrous wheel," July 1, 2016 

Santa Fe Writers Project Quarterly: Sipping Espresso with Pepper Girl: Book Review for Jonterri Gadson’s Pepper Girl,” July 1, 2016  


The Vintage Theatre as part of the 2018 International Women's Voice Theater Festival: How to Exterminate the Black Woman, staged reading, directed by Margaret Norwood, January 21, 2018, Lakewood, CO

The CutOut Theatre: Testify, directed and choreographed by Thea and Avery Wigglesworth, December 4, 5, 10, 11, 2015, Brooklyn, NY