talking with musician-artist Lonnie Holley and
NewSouth Books editor-in-chief Randall Williams,
at Kress on Dexter in the spring of 2018

with US Senator Doug Jones
during his 2017 campaign

holding a snake that got too close to the kids,
at Lake Martin in the summer of 2016

with students who met death row exoneree Anthony Ray Hinton,
at the Equal Justice Initiative law offices in 2016

looking a little grouchy at Callaway Gardens
in western Georgia in the fall of 2016

riding the holiday lights tour at Christmas 2015

having lunch at Chez Fon Fon in Birmingham,
on my 40th birthday in 2014

with poet Nikky Finney, who visited
my creative writing class in 2014

receiving the Distinguished Alumnus award
from AUM Liberal Arts Dean Michael Burger in 2012

at Capitol Book & News with Clark Walker
for a book signing in early 2009

with Claudette Colvin (left) and Dr. Georgette Norman in 2005.
Colvin was arrested in March 1955, nine months
before Rosa Parks, for refusing to give up her seat
on a Montgomery bus. She was only 15 at the time.

with musician David Amram at the Rudyard Kipling
in Louisville, Kentucky during the 2003 Insomniacathon