Latorial Faison


Virginia State University 1 Hayden Drive, Box 9072 - Languages & Literature
Petersburg, VA 23806

Author's Bio

LATORIAL FAISON is the author of Mother to Son, Secrets of My Soul, Immaculate Perceptions, Amazon Kindle best-sellers, Love Poems, the Kindle best-selling trilogy collection, 28 Days of Poetry Celebrating Black History Volumes 1-3, two children's books, 100 Poems You Can Write and Kendall's Golf Lesson. Faison's work has been accepted for publication by Artemis Journal, RHINO, Prairie Schooner, PENUMBRA, West Trestle Review, Solstice Literary Magazine, Crab Orchard Review, Deep South Magazine, Stonecoast Review, Typishly Literary Magazine, About Place Journal, Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora, Kalyani Magazine, Black Girl Seeks, The Chattahoochee Review, Virginia's Best Emerging Poets 2019, Blackberry, 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 the Forging Freedom anthologies. Other publishing credits include The Poetry Society of Virginia's 80th Anniversary Anthology, Poetic Gumbo, THE PATH, 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 poems have been adapted for the stage and performed by students, performance poets, and spoken word artists. Faison is the author of two limited edition chapbooks (Poetically Speaking, 2001 and Realities, 2004).

Additionally, FAISON has edited a teen chapbook (Black Achievers, 2010) as well as two junior writing anthologies, one fiction (Walton, 2009) and one poetry (Poems from the Eagle's Nest, 2008) in her pursuits of volunteerism and promotion of the arts in local schools and community.

Literary agent: 
JB Roberts |

Publications & Prizes

Southern Poetry Review VA (Texas Review Press, 2021)
Three Minus One (She Writes Press, 2014)
Poems from the Eagle's Nest (, 2008)
The Taj Mahal Review (, 2007)
The Poetry Society of Virginia's 80th Anniversary Anthology (Poetry Society of Virginia, 2003)
100 Poems You Can Write: A Poetry Journal for Kids of All Ages (CreateSpace, 2019)
Mother to Son: Poems (CreateSpace, 2017)
28 Days of Poetry Celebrating Black History I (CreateSpace, 2014)
28 Days of Poetry Celebrating Black History II (CreateSpace, 2014)
28 Days of Poetry Celebrating Black History III (CreateSpace, 2014)
flesh (CreateSpace USA, 2014)
I Am Woman (CreateSpace USA, 2014)
Love Poems (CreateSpace, 2014)
The Marriage Bed (CreateSpace, 2014)
Kendall's Golf Lesson (CreateSpace, 2006)
Immaculate Perceptions (CreateSpace USA, 2003)
Secrets of My Soul (CreateSpace USA, 2001)
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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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Southern Women's Review
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Typehouse Literary Magazine
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Winning Writers
Prizes won: 

Winner of Tom Howard Poetry Prize Winner

Finalist for the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Prize, the North Street Book Prize Finalist, and the Caterpillar Poetry Prize

Semi-finalist for the Hudson Book Prize, the RHINO Founders Prize, the Peterson Poetry Prize, and the Wheeler Poetry Prize



Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, Zora Neale Hurston, Gwendolyn Brooks, Lucille Clifton, Margaret Walker, Mari Evans, Toni Morrison, Nikki Giovanni, Gloria Naylor, Alice Walker, August Wilson, Lorraine Hansberry, Ntozake Shange, Terry McMillain, JJ Murray, Itabari Njeri, Bebe Moore Campbell, The Brontes, Charles Dickens, Shakespeare, Edgar Allen Poe, Amiri Baraka, Sonia Sanchez, Jericho Brown, Natasha Trethewey, Tracy K. Smith, Rita Dove, Tara Betts, Amanda Gorman, EL James, Lauren K. Alleyne, Remica Bingham-Risher, Luisa Igloria, Cedric Tillman, Joanne Gabbin, Adrienne Christian, Darlene Anita Scott, Jamaica Baldwin, Carmin Wong, DaMaris Hill, Liseli Fitzpatrick, Adrienne Oliver, Kendra Bryant, Kateema Lee, and more.
What I'm reading now: 
Furious Flower: Seeding the Future of African American Poetry by Joanne Gabbin & Lauren Alleyne (editors), Lilies in the Valley by Cedric Tillman, Starlight and Error by Remica Bingham-Risher, You Beckon by Peggy Eldridge Love, Barracoon by Zora Neale Hurston

More Information

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Identifies as: 
African American, American
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Born in: 
Southampton County, VA
Raised in: 
Courtland, VA
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Last update: Aug 22, 2021