Latorial Faison


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

Author's Bio

Virginia poet and author LATORIAL FAISON has authored and edited fourteen books, including Mother to Son, Secrets of My Soul, Immaculate Perceptions, and 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 numerous literary magazines, journals, anthologies and collaborative publications, such as Prairie Schooner, Solstice, Crab Orchard Review, Deep South Magazine, Stonecoast Review, The Dreamers Anthology, and Three Minus One (inspired by the film Return to Zero and edited by Sean Hanish and Brooke Warner). She's been published alongside Danny Glover, Cornel West, and Iyanla Vanzant in the NAACP Image Award winner, Keeping the Faith edited by Tavis Smiley. Additionally, she has collaborative work in Electronic Corpse: Poems from a Digital Salon edited by M. Ayodele Heath and has creative nonfiction published in Forging Freedom. 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 Stonecoast Review, BET's Digital Drum, Chickenbones, Southern Women's Review, Deep South Magazine, Poetry Quarterly, About Place Journal, Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora, Mandala Journal, and in multicultural romance novelist JJ Murray's book, Original Love. Some of Faison's most notable poems have been adapted for the stage and performed by students, performance poets, and spoken word artists all across America.

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Publications & Prizes

100 Poems You Can Write: A Poetry Journal for Kids of All Ages (CreateSpace, 2019)
Mother to Son: Poems (CreateSpace, 2017)
flesh (CreateSpace, 2014)
I Am Woman (CreateSpace, 2014)
Love Poems (CreateSpace, 2014)
The Marriage Bed (CreateSpace, 2014)
28 Days of Poetry Celebrating Black History III (CreateSpace, 2012)
28 Days of Poetry Celebrating Black History II (CreateSpace, 2008)
28 Days of Poetry Celebrating Black History (CreateSpace, 2007)
Kendall's Golf Lesson (CreateSpace, 2006)
Immaculate Perceptions (CreateSpace, 2003)
Secrets of My Soul: A Collection of Poetry (CreateSpace, 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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Typehouse Literary Magazine
Winning Writers
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Faison is the winner of the 2018 Tom Howard Poetry Prize and a finalist for the 2017 Furious Flower Poetry Prize, and the Peterson Poetry Prize. She was a semi-finalist for the 2018 Winning Writers North Street Book Prize, and the 2018 Wheeler Poetry Prize.



Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou, Gwendolyn Brooks, Lucille Clifton, August Wilson, Nikki Giovanni, Alice Walker, Marilyn Nelson, Terry McMillain, Bebe Moore Campbell, JJ Murray, Emily Bronte, Shakespeare.
What I'm reading now: 
Becoming by Michelle Obama, The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

More Information

Gives readings: 
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Identifies as: 
African American, American, Black, Christian
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, Any, At Risk Youth, Children, Disability, Homelessness, Immigration, Mental Health, Parents, Schools, Seniors, Teachers, Teenagers, Veterans
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Born in: 
Southampton County, VA
Raised in: 
Courtland (formerly Jerusalem), VA
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Last update: Aug 30, 2019