EN 249 / AAST 249: African American Literature I
EN 303: Poetry Tour
EN 408/608: The Sonnet Sequence
EN 608: The Elegy
EN 609: Playing in the Dark

Photo Credit: Tyrus Ortega Gaines

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. Individual poems and scholarly and creative nonfiction essays have appeared in African American Review, Black Gay Genius (2014), Callaloo, Crab Orchard Review, 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.

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 focuses on protest, particularly moments of sexual transgression 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, when androcentrism shifted the focus of African American literary historiography. 

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 is completing a doctorate in African American and multiethnic American poetics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.



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)


Prime: Poetry and Conversation. Sibling Rivalry Press, 2014.

  • Named among titles in American Library Association's "Over the Rainbow" list for 2015


"How to Disclose," "How to Pick Cotton," "How to Bake Bread." Crazyhorse 91 (Spring 2017): 38-40.

"PrEPositions." HEArt. Spring 2017.

"Games." Prairie Schooner. 89:4 (Winter 2015): 158. Guest Ed. Natalie Diaz.

"Cake," "The First Shower," "In Search of Abe in DuPoint Circle," The Good Men Project. September and December 2014 and February 2015.

"Touch: A Letter to the Mother." The Feminist Wire. March 2013.

"Dear Uncle Sam." TheThe Poetry Blog. December 2012.

"Family Reunion, 1993" and "To the Green Polka Dot Muumuu Mother Loved to See Her Mother Wear." African American Review 45:1-2 (Spring/Summer 2012): 238.

"Times Like These: Marianna, Florida." Callaloo 33:4 (2010): 1005.



Full-length Articles

" '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.