Latorial Faison


Virginia State University 1 Hayden Drive, Box 9072 - Languages & Literature
Petersburg, VA 23805

Author's Bio

LATORIAL FAISON is the author of Mother to Son, Secrets of My Soul, Immaculate Perceptions, Amazon Kindle best-sellers, Love Poems, 28 Days of Poetry Celebrating Black History Volumes 1-3, and two children's books, 100 Poems You Can Write and Kendall's Golf Lesson. Faison's work has been accepted for publication in Prairie Schooner, Solstice Literary Magazine, Crab Orchard Review, Deep South Magazine, Stonecoast Review, Typishly Literary Magazine, The Dreamers Anthology, About Place Journal, Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora, and Mandala Journal.

Faison's creative nonfiction has been featured in the NAACP Image Award winner, Keeping the Faith: Stories of Love, Courage, Healing, and Hope from Black America. Additionally, she has collaborative work in Electronic Corpse: Poems from a Digital Salon edited by M. Ayodele Heath and Forging Freedom anthologies. Other publishing credits include The Poetry Society of Virginia's 80th Anniversary Anthology, Poetic Gumbo, Hurricane Katrina Couldn't Break Us, and The Voices Project. Faison's poems have also appeared in BET's Digital Drum, Chickenbones, Southern Women's Review, Deep South Magazine, Poetry Quarterly, in multicultural romance novelist JJ Murray's book, Original Love, and in Three Minus One (inspired by the film Return to Zero with Sean Hanish and Brooke Warner). Some of Faison's most notable Black History poems have been adapted for the stage and performed by students, performance poets, and spoken word artists.

Literary agent: 
JB Roberts |

Publications & Prizes

100 Poems You Can Write: A Poetry Journal for Kids of All Ages (CreateSpace, 2019)
Mother to Son: Poems (CreateSpace, 2017)
Love Poems (CreateSpace, 2014)
28 Days of Poetry Celebrating Black History I, II & III (CreateSpace, 2012)
Kendall's Golf Lesson (CreateSpace, 2006)
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Chickenbones: A Journal for Literary & Artistic African-American Themes
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Kalyani Magazine
Mandala Journal
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Typehouse Literary Magazine
Winning Writers
Prizes won: 

Winner of the 2018 Tom Howard Poetry Prize; Finalist for the 2017 Furious Flower Poetry Prize & the Peterson Poetry Prize; Semi-finalist for the 2018 Winning Writers North Street Book Prize & 2018 Wheeler Poetry Prize.



Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Maya Angelou, Nikki Giovanni, Toni Morrison, Zora Neale Hurston, Gwendolyn Brooks, Lucille Clifton, Alice Walker, Langston Hughes, August Wilson, Lorraine Hansberry, Terry McMillain, Bebe Moore Campbell, The Brontes, Shakespeare.
What I'm reading now: 
Furious Flower: Seeding the Future of African American Poetry by Joanne Gabbin & Lauren Alleyne (editors), The Paris Wife by Paula McLain, The Tradition by Jericho Brown, Becoming by Michelle Obama

More Information

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Identifies as: 
African American
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Born in: 
Southampton County, VA
Raised in: 
Southampton County, VA
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Last update: Sep 21, 2020