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, 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 PENUMBRA, Prairie Schooner, 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 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 poems have been adapted for the stage and performed by students, performance poets, and spoken word artists. Faison has edited and published junior fiction and poetry anthologies in her volunteerism and promotion of the arts in her 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)
The Taj Mahal Review (, 2007)
The Poetry Society of Virginia's 80th Anniversary Anthology (Poetry Society of Virginia, 2003)
Keeping the Faith (Anchor/Doubleday, 2002)
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
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Southern Women's Review
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Typehouse Literary Magazine
Underwired Magazine
Winning Writers
Prizes won: 

Recipient of the Tom Howard Poetry Prize; Finalist for the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Prize & the Peterson Poetry Prize; Semi-finalist for the North Street Book Prize & The Wheeler Poetry Prize.



Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, Zora Neale Hurston, Gwendolyn Brooks, Lucille Clifton, Margaret Walker, Toni Morrison, Nikki Giovanni, Gloria Naylor, Gwendolyn Brooks, Lucille Clifton, Alice Walker, August Wilson, Lorraine Hansberry, Ntozake Shange, Jayne Cortez, 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), 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
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Born in: 
Southampton County, VA
Raised in: 
Southampton County, VA
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Last update: Mar 07, 2021