Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing

JJ Amaworo Wilson

Fiction, Popular Fiction, Writing for Social Change

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 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 novel, Damnificados, was published by PM Press in 2016. It won the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Debut Fiction, the Independent Publisher Book Award for Multicultural Fiction, and the 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”, the Oprah Winfrey magazine. Amaworo Wilson has also written twenty books about language and language learning, two of which won awards which 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.

Areas of Scholarship

Contemporary Black Literature

The Latino Boom: Fiction in Latin America

Technique in Modern Fiction

Creativity and Language

English Language Teaching and Social Justice

Critical Pedagogy

English Language Teaching methodology

Recent Publications

‘English Language Teaching and Social Justice: Opportunities in a Time of Chaos’ (IATEFL 2017 Conference Selections, 2018)

‘Teaching is always political’ (ELT Gazette, 2017)

‘Micro Listening Skills’ in TESOL Encyclopedia of English language Teaching (ed. Liontas, 2017)

‘Macro Listening Skills’ in TESOL Encyclopedia of English language Teaching (ed. Liontas, 2017)

‘Creativity and Language’ in Creativity in English Language Teaching (ed.s Xerri & Vassallo, ELT Council, 2016)

Damnificados (PM Press, 2016)

‘Police Report Following the Death of a Black Man’, published by J Journal (CUNY, 2015)

‘A Long Shot’, published in African American Review (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014)

‘Trash Wars’, published in Mission at Tenth (2014)

Active Listening co-authored with Michael Rost (Routledge, 2013)

Presentations

‘The Sky’s the Limit: Six Lessons from an Unlikely Place’ (Warsaw, Poland, 2018)

‘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)

‘Trends in English Language Teaching’ (Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2017)

Awards and Recognition

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.