Recipient of Al Smith Fellowships in poetry, 1996 and 2004.

Has received many grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women, in support of her poetry, nonfiction and fiction writing and in 2013 was awarded the Sallie Bingham Award for her writing and her work in support of feminist artists.

Residency fellowships at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont, the Mary Anderson Center in Mount Saint Francis, Indiana, and the Hambidge Center in Raybun Gap, Virginia.

Won the Jim Wayne Miller poetry contest in 2002.

Runner-up, Pat Schneider Poetry Contest, 2012.

HM, Passager poetry contest, 2013, 2006.

Has been a finalist in book contests, including the William and Kingman Page first book contest and the Sow’s Ear Review Chapbook contest.