L. Lamar Wilson wins the 2012 Carolina Wren Press Poetry Series

We are delighted to announce that L. Lamar Wilson’s manuscript Sacrilegion was chosen by Lee Ann Brown as the winner of the 2012 Carolina Wren Press Poetry Series. Of this collection, Brown writes: “Sacrilegion chants new songlines of the sacred and profane, radiating legions of regions we must all negotiate together. Love, life, identity and language wrestle and riff here with pure expressive power.”

L. Lamar Wilson, a 2012 Pushcart Prize nominee, has poems published or forthcoming in journals and anthologies such as jubilat, African American Review, Callaloo, Rattle, Vinyl, The 100 Best African-American Poems and A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry. He’s the winner of the 2011 Beau Boudreaux Poetry Prize and was twice a finalist for the New Letters Poetry Prize. He is working toward a PhD in English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, studying 20th-century African-American and Caribbean poetics. He has presented scholarship at the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History Convention in Raleigh, as well as at other conferences. He holds an MFA in writing from Virginia Tech and has been a graduate fellow at Cave Canem.

Here’s a link to his poetry at Lambda Literary Review

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7 Responses to L. Lamar Wilson wins the 2012 Carolina Wren Press Poetry Series

  1. Kent Shiver says:

    A “SINCERE” congratulations to Lamar. I praise GOD for the gifts given to you and proud that you are using your gifts to the best of your ability to reach others. I pray for your strength and endurance to complete the PhD program.

    Regina Tyren’s Uncle,

  2. Jim Dubinsky says:


    Wonderful news! Your work continues to earn the praise and recognition it deserves. Well done!


  3. Carina Brown says:

    Congratulations Lamar!

    I never doubted this day would arrive. Future generations are going to be reading your works and about your journey for years to come. You truly are an inspiration.

  4. Yvonne C. Murphy says:

    Congratulations to CWP and L. Lamar Wilson!!!! It’s an amazing experience!

  5. Traci Easley says:

    Congratulations Lamar! Always good to see a young brother doing positive and motivating things….a true emergent leader. Felicia told me you read my book. Would love for you to visit my website and sign my guestbook. Let me know where you will be performing. My mom lives in South Carolina very close to Fayetteville.

  6. Candace W. says:

    CWP is blessed to have you, Lamar. You are a sensitive and insightful writer and a wonderful human being. I know your family is so proud of you. I’m proud of you, too. Take care of yourself.

  7. John Warner Smith says:

    Lamar, many congrats! All the best.