Len Lawson is the author of Negro Asylum for the Lunatic Insane (Main Street Rag, 2023) and Chime (Get Fresh Books, 2019). He is also 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).
He won the 2016 Jasper Project Artist of the Year Award in Literary Arts, the inaugural 2018 North Carolina Poetry Society Susan Laughter Meyers Fellowship in Poetry, the 2020 SC Academy of Authors Carrie McCrary Nickens Fellowship in Poetry, and a 2022 SC Humanities Governor’s Award for Fresh Voice in the Humanities. He has received other fellowships from Tin House Summer Workshop, Palm Beach Poetry Festival, Callaloo Barbados, Vermont Studio Center, and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts among others.
Len earned a PhD in English Literature and Criticism from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and an MFA in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte. Born and living in South Carolina, he is currently Assistant Professor of English at Newberry College.