Dr. L. Lamar Wilson
Assistant Professor, Creative Writing
Office: Tribble C312
Personal website: llamarwilson.com
- PhD, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
- MFA, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
- B.S., Newspaper Journalism, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
Areas of Interest
- Creative Writing (Modern-isms, Documentary Poetics)
- African-American Literature
- Multi-ethnic American Literature (Afro-Latinx, Indigenous American)
- Gender and Sexuality Studies
- Theories of Sound, Performance
- Film Studies
- Contemporary Poetics
Courses Taught at Wake Forest
CRW 285: Documentary Poetics
ENG 175: Multiethnic American Poetics
Publications, Stage Productions, Film
The Changing Same. Associate Producer. 27 August 2017-July 22, 2019. With Rada Film Group.
- Opened 2nd season of POV Shorts
- Won special jury prize at the 2018 New Orleans Film Festival
- Screened at 2018-2019 Full Frame, Hot Springs, Miami, Pan African (Los Angeles), Salem, Mass., Smithsonian African American (Washington, D.C.), St. Louis, True/False, and Tubman Museum (Macon, Ga.) festivals.
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, Tallahassee.om 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.
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
- “Digging,” The New York Times (June 2019)
- “Nursing.” Academy of American Poets/Poets.org (October 2018).
- “From ‘Negus in Paris.’ “ Hunger Mountain 22 (Spring 2018): 144-145.
- “The Mourning After the Morning After: Oct. 3, 2017,” Talking River (January 2018): 143.
- “How to Disclose,” “How to Pick Cotton,” “How to Bake Bread.” Crazyhorse 91 (Spring 2017): 38-40.
- “PrEPositions.” HEArt. Spring 2017.
- “Skylight, Skylark: Marshall, N.C., July 15, 2013,” Englisch betrifft uns (German textbook for tweens & teens studying English, January 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.
Creative Nonfiction Publications & Journalism
(as L.L. Wilson, Lamar Wilson and L. Lamar Wilson)
- “Queen of Snow Hill.” Oxford American (Winter 2018): 136-143.
- “Falling to Fly: Letting the Black Female Within Guide as White Supremacy Thrives.” VIDA Review Feature. 9 April 2018.
- “Queer Black Avant-Garde Poetics: On Being Guilty of Excessive Darkness in the First Degree.” The Force of What Is Possible: Writers on Accessibility and the Avant-Garde Writers on Accessibility and the Avant-Garde. Ed. Amy King and Lily Hoang. Brooklyn: Nightboat Books, 2014.
- “These Mythologizing Is: On Tending to the Past and Autobiography.” Poets’ Roundtable on Person and Persona. Los Angeles Review of Books. 22 October 2013.
- “Silence and Shame in the Black Church.” The Root. 26 October 2011.
- “ ‘The Help’: Missed Opportunities.” The Root. 13 August 2011.
- “One Man’s Horizons Opened Through E. Lynn Harris’s Unabashed Romances.” Washington Post. 24 July 2009.
- “Q&A/NIKKI GIOVANNI: ‘You have to learn to trust yourself.’” Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 30 January 2007.
- “Morrison brings us face to face with the blood, pain of slavery.” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. 24 May 2003.
- “Singing with dignity and defiance: Simone’s songs, style demanded attention.” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. 22 April 2003.
- “Seeing ‘Souls of Black Folk’ through prism of a century.” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. 4 April 2003.
Monographs in Progress
Kweer: Black Maternity and the Bitter/Sweet Sound and Arc/Ark of Protest in the African American Elegiac Tradition (50% of revisions complete)
“Quaring the Prose Poem.” The Edinburgh Companion to the Prose Poem. Eds. Michel DeVille and Mary Ann Caws. Edinburgh University Press, 2020.
“Birthing America’s Kweer: Motherless Children Preach the Gospel of Mercy.” Forthcoming in south (formerly Southern Literary Journal). “Quaring Childhood” Issue. Ed. Katherine Henninger. (In production, Fall 2019)
“ ‘The Sweet Meat of My Feelings’: The Ghost of LeRoi Jones and the (Re)Birth of a Quare Nation.” Forthcoming in Callaloo. “Elegy” Issue. Ed. Joshua Bennett. (In production, Fall 2019 ETA)
“ ‘She Is Twenty-Three Months Pregnant’: The Quaring of Black Maternity in Bob Kaufman’s Surreal Migration Narratives.” Obsidian 41.2 (2015): 335-431.
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.