I just heard Black was selected as a Finalist in Poetry in the Writers' League of Texas 2013/2014 awards. That feels great! Submissions were accepted from current and former Texas writers.
I recognized the name of one of the other finalists, Sarah Cortez, who writes poems about her life as a police officer in Houston (maybe another South Texas town by now, not sure). I love her poetry, so I feel I'm in good company.