Iron Horse Review, Photofinish contest winner, 2016.

Being Here, semifinalist, Quills Edge Press

Red Paint Hill Publishing Bryant-Lysembee Editor’s Prize for Them Gone, 2015

Short Poem Winner, Science Fiction Poetry Association, 2015

Finalist, Washington Prize Word Works Poetry Competition, 2015

Walker Foundation Scholarship to Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, 2005

Cave Canem Fellow, 2002-2004

Two Voices/Two Pages  Winner Geva Theater 2004

New York Foundation for the Arts Poetry Fellowship, 2003

Artists Crossroads Grant for Words in Motion, 2003

Awardee in the Nonrhyming Poetry Writer's Digest annual competition, 2002

Honorable Mention, The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror (2000) edited by Ellen 

Datlow and Terri Windling: for "The Becoming" (DARK MATTER)

Artist-in-Residence, Women’s Studio Workshop, 2001

Fellowship, Hurston-Wright Writers’ Week, 2001

Poet-in-Residence, Chautauqua Institution, 1997

Writer's Digest Book Awards, 1996

Ragdale U.S.–Africa Fellowship, 1993

The International Who's Who in Poetry

Finalist, 1991 Open Voice competition

National Endowment of the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship, 1990

Finalist, Barnard New Women Poets Series -1990

Finalist, MacDonald's Black Literary Achievement Award, 1989

The International Authors and Writers Who's Who

New York Foundation for the Arts Poetry Fellowship, 1987 

Two Thousand Notable American Women

Who's Who in U.S. Writers, Editors, and Poets

Finalist, Walt Whitman Award, Spring 1983

Sterling Brown Award, Williams College, Spring 1975

Academy of American Poets, Honorable Mention, 1975, 1974, 1973, Williams  College