Latorial Faison is an African American poet and author whose work has moved readers of all ages. Her writing bears witness with an old-fashioned voice. Raised by grandparents in rural Virginia, Faison's lyricism hones in on both traditional issues and contemporary norms. She navigates themes with a bold conscience that speaks loudly and stands up to confront the complexities of race, gender, and equality. Faison writes from a perspective that is unapologetically honest, unequivocally inspiring, 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 Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University. Faison has authored 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.

Faison's writing has been published in STARS & STRIPES Korea & Okinawa and alongside 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 literary publications and collaborations throughout 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. Previously, Faison's poetry has been included 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 in print and online. For over twenty years, she has served in teaching and administrative positions at various colleges, universities, and educational institutions. Faison is currently on the faculty at Virginia State University in Petersburg, VA. 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, celebration, ceremony, educational, or literary event. You will not be disappointed. 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!

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