L. Lamar Wilson

Dr. L. Lamar Wilson

Assistant Professor, Creative Writing


Office: Tribble C312

Phone: 336-758-4399

Email: wilsonll@wfu.edu

           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

FALL 2019

 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.



Sacrilegion: The Gospel Truth

  • 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 HeraldMiami 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)

Co-Authored Books

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

  • Named among titles in American Library Association’s “Over the Rainbow” list for 2015

Selected Poems

Creative Nonfiction Publications & Journalism

 (as L.L. Wilson, Lamar Wilson and L. Lamar Wilson)



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)


Book Chapters

“Quaring the Prose Poem.” The Edinburgh Companion to the Prose Poem. Eds. Michel DeVille and Mary Ann Caws. Edinburgh University Press, 2020. 


Journal Articles

“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.

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.

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