Latorial Faison is an American poet, Amazon Kindle best-selling author, and educator. Her writing inspires, educates, and uplifts readers of all ages. She bears witness with an old-fashioned literary voice. Raised by grandparents in rural Virginia, Faison's verse hones in on both traditional and contemporary themes. She navigates life with a bold conscience that stands up and speaks loudly to confront the complexities of inequality. Faison writes from a perspective that is unapologetically honest, deeply profound, and remarkably empowering. 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 eleven books: Mother to Son, The Marriage Bed, I AM WOMAN, flesh, LOVE POEMS, Kendall's Golf Lesson, Secrets of My Soul, Immaculate Perceptions & 28 Days of Poetry Celebrating Black History: Volumes 1-3.

Her writing has been published in STARS & STRIPES Korea & Okinawa and alongside the famed Iyanla Vanzant, Danny Glover, and Dr. Cornel West in the 2003 NAACP Image Award winning book Keeping the Faith. In addition, Faison has been published in various publications and collaborations in the U. S. and abroad. Her work has appeared in Deep South Magazine, Obsidian, 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.

Faison's poetry continues to show up online, in print, and included in public and private school curriculums throughout the U.S. For over twenty years, the author has served in teaching and administrative positions at colleges, universities, and educational or government institutions. Faison is currently on the faculty at Virginia State University. Audiences of all ages are continually inspired by her poetry, her story, and her life's work. Book Faison 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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