Artistic Statement

Artistic Statement

Perhaps because I'm a mixed-race person who was transracially adopted, I've never been interested in categories. So four poetry books and two novels later, it should come as no surprise that I’m not interested in committing to one form. My journey from poet to novelist to playwright has felt like a natural progression as I simply explore the possibilities of narrative. Furthermore, I am especially interested in creating characters we don’t often encounter on the American stage. I hope my writing can help further the national conversation about the work of redemption both personal and collective as our country enters yet another painful chapter of self-reflection on the impact of race on our interactions with one another. Individually, what is the legacy each of us will leave the world? And what are we willing to rethink, to rectify in the name of justice, which on the personal level is simply called love?