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Latorial Faison is an African American poet and author whose provocative words have awakened and moved readers of all ages. Her poetic truths prolifically testify of what she has both experienced and witnessed as an African-American woman. Raised by her grandparents in a rural, post-segregation Southern town, Faison's dynamic and profound lyricism hones in on times that were complex yet captivating. Faison navigates contemporary social and spiritual norms and themes throughout her works with a bold conscience that speaks to and confronts societal issues concerning race, gender, and equality. A native of Southampton County, Virginia, once a bedrock of the segregated South, 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 has been a contributing writer for STARS & STRIPES Korea, Okinawa, Guam & Kanto and has been featured along with Iyanla Vanzant, Danny Glover, and Dr. Cornel West in the 2003 NAACP Image Award winning book Keeping the Faith: Stories of Love, Courage, Healing, and Hope from the Black Community. Faison is also published in Ladies of the Ironhorse, an anthology featuring writing by soldiers and family members of the 4th Infantry Division during its initial mission in Iraq. Faison's poem "Original Love" is featured in and inspired the title of a fiction novel by multicultural author JJ Murray. Her poem "Carrying Ashes" was published in Three Minus One, a collection of intimate, soul-stirring stories and art about stillbirth, miscarriage, and neonatal death inspired by the film Return to Zero. Faison has been published in various literary journals, magazines, anthologies, collaborative projects, and initiatives throughout the United States and abroad. As a military spouse, her writing has been featured by the Department of Defense, the Department of the U. S. Army, and the Pentagon.

Faison's writing has appeared in Deep South Magazine, Obsidian, About Place Journal, Black Girl Seeks, The Chattahoochee Review, The Voices Project, Forging Freedom I & II, Mandala Journal, Freedom Verse, Kalyani Magazine, Southern Women's Review, Typehouse Literary Magazine (The People's Ink), Poetry Quarterly, and Blackberry Magazine. She has also been published in BET's Digital Drum, ChickenBones, Blackberry Magazine, RiverSedge, Anointed Magazine, India's Taj Mahal Review, The San Gabriel Valley Poetry Quarterly, Red River Review, Locust Magazine, Carnelian, Voices, Underwired Magazine, Timbooktu, The Nubian Chronicles, Lawson State Community College's "Celebrating Black History 365," Canadian Woman Studies: Women and Sport, 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.

Latorial Faison is a recipient of the Department of the Army's Commander's Award for Public Service awarded for her service through both her writing and volunteerism to soldiers and families of the 502nd Personnel Services Battalion at Ft. Hood, TX, during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Her poetry continues to show up all over the U.S. and abroad in print and online. This writer has spearheaded, edited, and published various publications, books, and anthologies for aspiring writers and organizations. She has worked closely with educators in Virginia Public Schools to provide workshops and two Young Authors projects resulting in books featuring entire student bodies: Poems from the Eagle's Nest (2008) and Walton (2009). Faison volunteered with the Black Achievers Program of the Franklin and Southampton County, Virginia areas, from 2009-2011 and published and edited a collection of poetry featuring the work of teens in the program.

Faison has worked as a technical writer, counselor, public school teacher, adjunct English professor, online instructor, liaison officer, and an Assistant Professor of English. For over seventeen years, she has served in teaching and administrative positions at various colleges, universities, and educational institutions in the US and abroad, to include the University of South Carolina, Midlands Technical College, Coker College, James Martin Middle School, Florence-Darlington Technical College, Johnson C. Smith University, Central Texas College, Robert Morris University, ITT Technical University, Grand Canyon University, Northwestern State University, Oakton Community College, Richard Bland College of William & Mary, Virginia State University, and Northern Virginia Community College. Faison also served as an Associate English Professor at Sejong University in Seoul, South Korea.

Audiences of all ages are continually inspired by Latorial Faison, 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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