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Len Lawson is the author of Chime (Get Fresh Books, 2019) and the chapbook Before the Night Wakes You (Finishing Line Press, 2017). He is also co-editor of Hand in Hand: Poets Respond to Race (Muddy Ford Press, 2017) and The Future of Black: Afrofuturism and Black Comics Poetry (Blair Press, 2021). His poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net.  He has fellowships from Tin House, Palm Beach Poetry Festival, Callaloo, Vermont Studio Center, and  Virginia Center for the Creative Arts among others. His poetry appears in African American Review, Callaloo, Mississippi ReviewNinth Letter, Verse Daily, and has been translated internationally. Len earned his Ph.D. in English Literature and Criticism at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is Assistant Professor of English at Newberry College beginning Fall 2021. 




  • PhD in English Literature & Criticism, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

  • MA in English, National University

  • BS in Business Administration, Winthrop University

Academic/Scholarly Honors

  • 2021 IUP Carter G. Woodson Outstanding Graduate Student Award

  • 2020 IUP Outstanding Doctoral Student Award

  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

  • 2013 SCICU Excellence in Teaching Award

  • 2012-13 Morris College Professor of the Year Award

  • 2011-12 Morris College Advisor of the Year Award

Poetry Awards/Honors

  • 2020 Pen Parentis Scholarship020

  • 2019 Emrys Foundation Alice Conger Patterson Scholarship

  • 2018 Gigantic Sequins Poetry Prize Finalist

  • 2018 Richland County Library "Ten South Carolina Poets to Watch"

  • 2016 Jasper Magazine Artist of the Year in Literary Arts

  • 2016 Mississippi Review Poetry Prize Finalist

  • 2016 Yellow Chair Review Chapbook Competition Finalist

  • 2015 Berfrois Poetry Prize Finalist (UK, inaugural)

  • 2015, 2019 Pushcart Prize Nominee 

  • 2015, 2016 Best of the Net Nominee

Poetry Fellowships/Writers Retreats

  • 2021 Tin House Summer Workshop

  • 2021 Palm Beach Poetry Festival Langston Hughes Fellowship

  • 2020 Obsidian Foundation Fellowship (UK; inaugural)

  • 2020 SC Academy of Authors Carrie McCray Nickens Fellowship in Poetry

  • 2018 NC Poetry Society Susan Laughter Myers Poetry Fellowship (inaugural)

  • 2018 Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Fellowship

  • 2017 Vermont Studio Center Fellowship

  • 2016 Callaloo Fellowship

  • 2014, 2020 Watering Hole Fellowship 

Poetry Positions held

  • 2021 Chapter Lead, SCWA Virtual Poetry Chapter

  • 2021 Curatorial Editor, Poets Reading the News

  • 2020 Associate Poetry Editor, Poets Reading the News

  • 2020 Guest Editor, Glass Poetry Journal

  • 2017-2019 Poetry Reader, Up the Staircase Quarterly

Arts/Humanities Positions