The English Department this spring welcomes renowned poet L. Lamar Wilson, who will teach poetry writing as well as some WRI 101 courses.
"We're delighted that Lamar was able to join us," Professor and English Department Chair Zoran Kuzmanovich said. "He brings us an awareness of the way poetry can serve as a means for finding one's own empowering voice. The components of that voice - memory, imagination, and insight - seem singularly suited for Lamar's brand of activism that protests the horrors of the lives we live, celebrates their joys and glories with precision and passion, and thus makes change for the better irresistible."
Wilson earned an MFA in creative writing at Virginia Tech and currently is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His research interests include multi-ethnic American modernism and postmodernism, queer theory, critical race and gender studies, among others. He has taught courses in literature and cultural diversity; film analysis; composition and rhetoric at UNC Chapel Hill and Virginia Tech.
Wilson's poetry collection, Sacrilegion, was published in 2013 by Carolina Wren Press, and nearly two dozen of his pieces have appeared in a wide array of reviews and literary publications, including African American Review, Los Angeles Review, jubilat, The 100 Best African American Poems, The New Sound, Black Gay Genius, and others. In addition to multiple award nominations, he received a 2011 Beau Boudreaux Poetry Prize, and The Poetry Foundation and Poetry Magazine honored Wilson's co-authored book Prime as one of 2014's best collections.
"As Nikki Giovanni noted in her praise of Lamar's poetry, it ‘call[s] you awake,'" Kuzmanovich said.