About Len Lawson

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I am originally from Bamberg, SC. I have lived in South Carolina for my entire life.

After teaching in public school for three years in Hampton County, SC, I taught at Morris College in Sumter, SC, for five years. I earned such honors as the Morris College Advisor of the Year, Morris College Professor of the Year, and the SC Independent Colleges & Universities Excellence in Teaching Award.

After Morris College and brief tenures at several South Carolina colleges and universities as an adjunct instructor, I began teaching at the University of South Carolina Sumter in 2017.

In the same year, I began my doctoral studies toward a Ph.D. in English Literature and Criticism at Indiana University of Pennsylvania which I hope to complete in 2021.

My books include a chapbook of poetry entitled Before the Night Wakes You and a full-length poetry collection entitled Chime forthcoming in 2019.

Also, I co-edited an anthology of poetry entitled Hand in Hand: Poets Respond to Race. This book resulted from a project with my friend and fellow poet Al Black to use poetry as a gateway for social justice in the South through holding open forum discussions on tough racial issues.

Along with several poetry readings at coffee shops, bookstores, and literary festivals, my poetry has been featured in several journals, anthologies, and even on transit buses in the Columbia, SC, metro area.

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