Creative Writing

Lavonne Adams

retired: lecturer and MFA coordinator
Kenan Hall 1207 | 910.962.3436 |

Lavonne Adams


MFA, UNCW 1999
MA, UNCW 1992
BA, UNCW 1986



  • Through the Glorieta Pass (Pearl Books, 2009)
  • In the Shadow of the Mountain (North Carolina Writers' Network, 2004)
  • Everyday Still Life (North Carolina Writers' Network, 1999)


  • Artist in Residence, Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, Taos, New Mexico, 2009
    Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center, 2009
  • Artist in Residence, Harwood Museum of Art, University of New Mexico Taos, 2007
  • Winner of the 2007 Pearl Poetry Prize
  • Winner of the 2004 Randall Jarrell/Harperprints Poetry Chapbook Competition
  • The Eighth Persephone Poetry Book Publication Award, 1999

On Teaching

My primary teaching interest lies in the poetry writing workshop, which goes hand in hand with the study of contemporary poetry. Every student who writes should be aware of current trends in literature since we are each striving to be part of that conversation. I have a fascination with poetry based on historical topics, such as A. Van Jordan's MacNolia, Natasha Trethewey's Native Guard or Bellocq's Ophelia, and Nicole Cooley's The Afflicted Girls. Writers creating this type of poetry face a different set of challenges than those working with more directly personal poems. On the other hand, I have an ongoing interest in the history and current practice of confessional poetry, from the work of Robert Lowell and Anne Sexton, to that of Nancy Pearson and Nick Flynn. I believe that these diverse interests speak to that which is energizing about contemporary poetry: whatever your personal aesthetic, you won't have to look hard to find compelling work that can provide both inspiration and sustenance for your artistic endeavors.

Download an excerpt of Lavonne Adams's work (PDF).