Gail is a writer of young adult and adult fiction. She is also a 2021 Tin House YA Scholar, a 2021 Community of Writers Scholar, a finalist for the 2021 Crystal Wilkinson Creative Writing Prize, and WINNER of the 2021 Tupelo Quarterly Prose Open Prize. She holds a Ph.D. from Binghamton University’s creative writing program (SUNY), an MFA in creative writing with an emphasis in fiction from Chicago State University, and a BA in English from Howard University (The Mecca!). Gail has recent short stories published or forthcoming in The Missouri Review, Obsidian: Journal & Ideas in the African Diaspora, and Tupelo Quarterly and is currently at work on a young adult novel about a teenage boy’s coming to terms with the loss of his mother. She is represented by the brilliant Lucy Irvine of Peters Fraser & Dunlop.
Originally from the south side of Chicago, Gail now lives in Maryland with three kiddos and a hubs. When she’s not making up stories, she teaches African American literature, creative writing, and composition at the University of Maryland, College Park and keeps up with Academy Awards buzz.