Ronaldo V. Wilson

Ronaldo V. Wilson, PhD, is the author of: Narrative of the Life of the Brown Boy and the White Man (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2008), winner of the Cave Canem Prize; Poems of the Black Object (Futurepoem Books, 2009), winner of the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry and the Asian American Literary Award in Poetry; Farther Traveler: Poetry, Prose, Other (Counterpath Press, 2014), finalist for a Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry; and Lucy 72 (1913 Press, 2018). His latest books are Carmelina: Figures (Wendy’s Subway, 2021) and Virgil Kills: Stories (Nightboat Books, 2022). Co-founder of the Black Took Collective, Wilson is also an interdisciplinary artist. He has presented his work in multiple venues, including the Atlantic Center for the Arts, The Center for African American Poetry and Poetics, The Emily Harvey Foundation, Georgetown’s Lannan Center, Louisiana State University’s Digital Media Center Theater, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Pulitzer Arts Foundation, The Studio Museum in Harlem, and UC Riverside’s Artsblock. The recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Ford Foundation, Headlands Center for the Arts, Kundiman, MacDowell, the National Research Council, The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, and Yaddo, Wilson is Professor of Creative Writing and Literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz, serving on the core faculty of the Creative Critical PhD Program; principal faculty member of CRES (Critical Race and Ethnic Studies); and affiliate faculty member of DANM (Digital Arts and New Media).


[image description: Ronaldo V. Wilson sits at a cafe table with his turned and left arm bent on the table. He wear glasses and a blue long-sleeve shirt and appears to be in the midst of conversation and thought. Light from the window at his side streams in and shadows from its frame run down his arm. Photo by Joel Gregory.]