Creative Writing Awards
- Kansas Authors Club Prose Writer of the Year (2020, 2022)
- Winner, Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge (Kimo)
- 2022 Overall Poetry Winner, Kansas Voices Contest
- 2019 & 2017 Overall Prose Winner, Kansas Voices Contest
- 2009 & 2012 The K-Stater Writing Contest Winner.
Academic Writing Awards
- 2020 Honorable Mention, Guy Alexandre Paper Prize, Latin American Studies Association Haiti/Dominican Republic Section for “From Radio Guarachita to El Tieto eShow: Bachata’s Imagined Communities.”
- 2018 Kansas Authors Club It Looks Like A Million Award for The Modern Bachateros: 27 Interviews.
- 2015 Hispanic Culture Review Contest: Best Essay, “‘Love Will Make Them Musicians:’ Bachata’s Courtly Inheritance.”