Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing

JJ Amaworo Wilson

Fiction, Popular Fiction

Office Location

Stonecoast MFA Office - 98 Bedford Street, Portland, ME 04102

Phone

Stonecoast MFA Office: 207-780-4423

Academic Degrees

  • B.A. History of Art and English Literature
  • M.A. History of Art and English Literature

Profile

JJ Amaworo Wilson’s short fiction, essays and poetry have been published in numerous literary magazines and anthologies, including African American Journal, Justice Journal, Mission at Tenth, Electric Literature, The Frogmore Papers, IC3: The Penguin Book of New Black Writing in Britain, and Afrobeat, among others. His first novel, Damnificados, was published by PM Press in 2016. It won four major awards, was nominated for an American Book Award, and was named a Top 10 book in “O”, the Oprah Winfrey magazine. His second novel is Nazaré, PM Press, 2021.

Amaworo Wilson has also written twenty books about language and language learning, two of which won awards that saw him honored at Buckingham Palace in 2008 and 2011 in his native UK. He is the writer-in-residence at Western New Mexico University, USA.

Recent Publications

Nazaré: a novel. PM Press, 2021.

‘Rambling.’ First and Wildest anthology. Torres House Press. Forthcoming.

‘Nazaré.’ Extract from novel. A Public Space. Fall 2020.

‘Six Epitaphs for the Jazz Man.’ The Bored Friday Project. September, 2020.

‘Black and Blue: The Uses of Anger.’ The Bored Friday Project. September, 2020

‘Banned Books Week.’ pmpress.org, September, 2020.

Review of How to Pronounce Knife by Souvankham Thammavongsa, New York Journal of Books. April, 2020.

Review of The Collector of Leftover Souls: Field Notes on Brazil’s Everyday Insurrections by Eliane Brum. New York Journal of Books. January, 2020.

‘When the rains came,’ Raise Up! TaylorMade. 2019.

‘English Language Teaching and Social Justice: Opportunities in a Time of Chaos.’ IATEFL Conference Selections, 2018.

Review of Abbott. New York Journal of Books. November, 2018

Presentations

‘Magical Realism’ (Western Institute for Lifelong Learning, NM, USA, 2021)

‘The Days Ahead: Readings and discussion for Black History Month’ (WNMU, 2021)

‘Writing as Resistance’ (Maine, 2021)

‘Writing Power: Fiction and the Tyrant’ (Maine, 2020)

‘The Sky’s the Limit: Six Lessons from an Unlikely Place’ (Oviedo, Spain, 2019)

‘A Day with the Damned’ (Istanbul, Turkey, 2018)

‘ELT and Social Justice: Opportunities in a Time of Chaos’ (Rome, Italy, 2018)

‘Great Speakers Need Great Listeners’ (Kiev, Ukraine, 2018)

‘Ten Ways to Keep Learners Learning’ (Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Australia, 2017)

‘Damnificados’ (Deming, USA, 2017)

‘Speaking Out’ (Sao Paulo, Recife, Natal, Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 2017)

‘On Literature’ (Glasgow, Scotland, 2017)

‘Myths, Mentors and Memories’ (Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Seville, Spain, 2017)

Awards and Recognition

2019 Les Dévastés, the French translation of Damnificados, won the Prix SGDL Révélation de Traduction. 

2017 Damnificados won the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Debut Fiction, Independent Publisher Book Award for Multicultural Fiction, and New Mexico-Arizona Book Award for Fiction; was a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Book Award and the Foreword INDIES Book Award; was nominated for an American Book Award; and was named a Top 10 book in O Magazine.

2016 Named an honorary member of Delta Mu Delta.

2014 Named a member of the Academy of American Poets.

2013 Named a New Mexico Humanities Council Scholar.

2012 Speakout was shortlisted for the British Council Innovation in ELT Award.

2011 Speakout won the Duke of Edinburgh English Speaking Union Award for Best Book.

2010 Appointed writer-in-residence at Western New Mexico University, USA.

2008 How to Teach Listening won the Duke of Edinburgh English Speaking Union Award Best Book for Teachers.

2008 How to Teach Listening was shortlisted for the Ben Warren Prize.