L. Lamar Wilson

L. Lamar Wilson

Assistant Professor


  • MFA, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • PhD, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Research Areas

  • Creative Writing
  • African-American Literature
  • Early American Literature
  • Multi-ethnic American Literature (Afro-Latinx, Indigenous American)
  • Contemporary Poetics
  • Global South Studies


Wilson’s first collection, Sacrilegion, was the 2012 selection for the Carolina Wren Press Poetry Series, a 2013 Independent Publisher Group bronze medalist, and a 2014 Thom Gunn Award finalist. It was lauded in Lambda Literary Online, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Muzzle, Pedestal, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Vinyl, and elsewhere. In 2014, he co-authored Prime: Poetry and Conversation (Sibling Rivalry Press) with the Phantastique Five, which was heralded twice by The Poetry Foundation. Poems and scholarly and creative nonfiction essays have appeared in African American Review, Black Gay Genius (2014), Callaloo, Crab Orchard Review, Crazyhorse, jubilat, Muzzle, Post No Ills, Prairie Schooner, Rattle, The 100 Best African American Poems (2010), Please Excuse This Poem: 100 Poets for the Next Generation (2015), The Washington Post/The Root, and elsewhere.

Sacrilegion has been adapted for the stage, commissioned by Reading Queer for a workshop performance with classical musicians in 2015 and a full production by the Mickee Faust Club in Tallahassee, Fla.’s Adelaide Schnittman Hall. A documentary short film, The Changing Same, inspired by a poem in the collection about a horrific 1934 lynching in Wilson’s hometown, debuts at the 2018 New Orleans Film Festival.

Wilson, also an award-winning journalist, joins UA after editing for nearly two decades at The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Charlotte Observer/The McClatchy Co., The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and in other newsrooms.

Wilson’s scholarly research charts a new African American literary historiography centered on the centrality of the black woman’s voice to the protest tradition, particularly moments of subversive eroticism and gender-bending performance, fashioned by black writers in canonical and lesser-known African American elegiac texts from the mid-eighteenth century to the dawn of the Black Arts Movement. Wilson’s work has earned fellowships from the Cave Canem Foundation, the Callaloo Workshops, the Blyden & Roberta Jackson Fund, the Poynter Foundation, the Association of Opinion Journalists, and elsewhere.

The Florida A&M University alumnus also holds an MFA from Virginia Tech and a doctorate in African American and multi-ethnic American poetics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Publications, Stage Productions, Films



  • The Changing Same. Field Producer. 27 August 2017-Present. With Rada Film Group. Post-production. Debut: New Orleans Film Festival (October 2018).


  • Sacrilegion: The Gospel Truth.  Mickee Faust Club. Adelaide Schnittman Hall. Tallahassee, Fla. 2-3 June 2017.
    • Full staging of one-act play with cast of Faust players, featured on WFSU (88.9 -FM, see below), Tallahassee Democrat, com and WTXL-ABC.
    • Reading Queer Festival. Miami Botanical Gardens. Miami Gardens, Fla. 30 August 2014.
    • Dramatic reading/workshop of a draft of the one-act, with three operatic singers (tenor, baritone, and bass), featured in The Miami Herald, Miami New Times, and other local media.
  • Perfect (one-act in progress, commissioned by Mickee Faust Club)



  • Sacrilegion (Carolina Wren Press, 2013), CWP Poetry Series #16 selection & prize winner.
    • Finalist, Thom Gunn Award (2014)
    • Bronze medalist, Independent Publisher Book Group Award (2013)

Co-Authored Books

Selected Creative Publications

Peer-Reviewed Articles

  • ” ‘The Sweet Meat of My Feelings’: The Ghost of LeRoi Jones and the Rebirth of a Nation.” Callaloo (Forthcoming)
  • “‘She Is Twenty-Three Months Pregnant’: The Quaring of Black Maternity in Bob Kaufman’s Surreal Migration Narratives.” Obsidian 41.2 (2015): 335-431.

Book Reviews

  • Brother Mine: The Correspondence of Jean Toomer and Waldo Frank. Callaloo 37.3 (Summer 2014): 735-739.
  • “The Beauty of Troubled Tongues.” Post No Ills. January 2010.

Selected Publications