Latorial D. W. Faison is an American poet, author, educator, and military spouse. Her poetry inspires, educates, and uplifts as she bears witness with an old-fashioned literary voice. Raised by grandparents in rural Southampton County, Virginia, Faison addresses traditional and contemporary themes from an African American perspective. Faison is a 2018 winner of the Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Prize, a 2019 Furious Flower fellow, and semi-finalist for several notable poetry prizes. She studied English Literature and Religious Studies at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and completed a graduate degree in English at VA TECH. Faison is the author of Mother to Son, I AM WOMAN, flesh, LOVE POEMS, Secrets of My Soul, Immaculate Perceptions, 28 Days of Poetry Celebrating Black History: Volumes 1-3, and children's book, Kendall's Golf Lesson co-authored and illustrated by two of her sons.

Faison's poetry and creative nonfiction have been published alongside Dr. Cornel West, Iyanla Vanzant, Tavis Smiley, and Danny Glover in the 2003 NAACP Image Award winning book Keeping the Faith. Poems by Faison have been selected for publication in PRAIRIE SCHOONER, Artemis Journal, PENUMBRA, Rhino, Typishly Literary Magazine, Crab Orchard Review, Deep South Magazine, About Place Journal, Black Girl Seeks, The Chattahoochee Review, Mandala Journal, Freedom Verse, Kalyani, Southern Women's Review, Typehouse, Poetry Quarterly, and Blackberry. Faison's early work has been featured in BET's Digital Drum, ChickenBones, RiverSedge, Anointed Magazine, The Taj Mahal Review, Red River Review, Locust Magazine, Carnelian, Timbooktu, The Nubian Chronicles, Lawson State Community College's "Celebrating Black History 365," Canadian Woman Studies, The Poetry Society of Virginia's 80th Anniversary Anthology, and the University of Toledo's "Poems for Peace" project. Faison's poetry was amongst 20,000 poems submitted to US Congress in the Poets Against the War Initiative.

This military spouse of nearly twenty-five years is an esteemed poet and author who has been published internationally in South Africa, Ethiopia, India, Canada, South Korea, and Japan; however, she has spent the last two decades promoting poetry, creative writing, literacy, and education in local schools and organizations. Faison’s work has appeared in Stonecoast Review, Pittsburg’s Dreamers Anthology: A Tribute to Martin Luther King & Ann Frank, and the University of Toledo’s Poems for Peace Project,Ladies of the Iron Horse, Hurricane Katrina Couldn’t Break Us, Obsidian: Literature in the African Diaspora, The Chattahoochee Review, Southern Women’s Review, Forging Freedom, The Voices Project, and Three Minus One inspired by the film Return to Zero. Faison was a finalist for the Peterson Poetry Prize & the first Furious Flower Poetry Prize; she was a semi-finalist for Ohio State University’s Wheeler Poetry Prize. Her literary talent has been showcased by the Department of the Defense and the Pentagon and published in STARS & STRIPES and The Fort Lee Traveller. Faison is a life member of the Poetry Society of VA; her poetry has been adapted for stage performance, used in short films and romance novels, and is currently being used in school curriculums throughout America.

Faison has served as founding editor of a nationally read poetry website, founder and publisher of a small press, editor of young writers anthologies, and founder of the College Bound Network online. Latorial Faison is married to COL Carl Faison. Together, they have three sons. Faison serves on the faculty at Virginia State University where she teaches writing and African American literature; she is also a full-time doctoral student. Audiences of all ages are inspired by Faison's poetry, her story, and her life's work. Book her for your next conference, festival, retreat, collaboration, celebration, ceremony, educational, or literary project/event. For information on her upcoming events, visit the EVENTS link, contact her via this website, or network with Faison via Facebook or Twitter. Invite her to your school, college, university, church, business, or organization today! For interviews, email

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