L. Williams
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Leo L. Williams (b. Miami, FL) is an MFA candidate in the Creative Nonfiction program at The University of New Mexico. In the Summer of 2021, they participated in the Tin House Summer Writing Workshop. Their work has been featured in Sinking City and The Florida Review. 


The University of New Mexico
MFA Student in Creative Nonfiction, expected 2024

The University of New Mexico
MA Student in American Studies, 2020-2021
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
BFA, 2014

Central Saint Martins - University of the Arts London
Contemporary Art Seminar, 2011

“Searching for Scorpio Rising.” Sinking City. 2022.

“While We’re Inside.” The Florida Review. 2022. (forthcoming)

“El Rey De Las Fritas.” Miami Grubs. O, Miami. 2021.

“body-map,” in Sevilla Writers House Zine - Myth & Memory: Writing Family Stories. June 2020.

“How to Make Wine on the South Side,” South Side Weekly. October 2019.

“The Annual South Side Grape Sale,” South Side Weekly. October 2019.  

University of New Mexico
Creative Writing Graduate Administrative Assistant
Albuquerque, NM; Instructor
August 2022 - Present

University of New Mexico
Core Writing Program
Albuquerque, NM; Instructor
August 2021 - Present

University of New Mexico
Religious Studies Program
Albuquerque, NM; Teaching Assistant
January 2021 - May 2021

University of New Mexico
Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies
Albuquerque, NM; Grader
August 2020 - December 2020

University of New Mexico
LGBTQ Resource Center
Albuquerque, NM; Project Assistant
August 2020 - December 2020

Poetry Foundation
Chicago, IL; Events Assistant
August 2018 - July 2020

The University of Chicago
Fab Lab - Chicago, IL; Fab Lab Assistant
January 2019 - September 2019

South Side Weekly
Chicago, IL; Journalist
July 2018 - May 2020

Art Exhibition Space; Director and Founder
May 2015—April 2017

Trainings & Awards & Residencies
Fulbright ETA Semi-Finalist

LGBTQ PRIDE Scholarship; University of New Mexico

Student Conference Award (S-CAP); University of New Mexico

Summer Dissertation Award; University of New Mexico

GPSA Student Research Grant; University of New Mexico

Land Arts of The American West;  Lannan Foundation Scholarship

GPSA Professional Development Grant; University of New Mexico

Outstanding New Instructor Award in Core Writing; University of New Mexico

Russo Travel Scholarship Award by the English Department of the University of New Mexico

Adobe Digital Literacy Innovation Award; University of New Mexico

Tin House Craft Intensive with Kim Fu, Online via Zoom

Tin House Summer Workshop, Online via Zoom (July 2021)

GPSA Professional Development Grant; Albuquerque, NM

Oral History Summer Funding Grant; Albuquerque, NM

Myth & Memory: Writing Family Stories with K-Ming Chang, Sevilla Writers House, Online via Zoom

Honing Bodily Intuition with iele paloumpis, Movement Research Winter MELT, New York, NY

Flood’s Hall; Chicago, IL

Oral History Projects

“Grief Work with the Philly Death Doula Collective: An Oral History Project,” interview by Leo Williams on March 25th, 2021, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections, Albuquerque, NM. 

Group Exhibitions
Confluence: Tracing Water Through Creative Exchange,” Bacheci Open Space Albuquerque, NM

Permission to Rest: A one-night exhibiton, A Garden (Outside the Albuquerque Art Museum)
Albuquerque, NM

In the Receiving Room, Flood’s Hall
Chicago, IL

Trans Art Is: Love & Liberation, Andersonville Galleria
Chicago, IL


Workshop: “Community Building Through Game Design,” Polsky Exchange & Weston Game Lab; Chicago, IL

Performance: “Speculative Fashion: Building New Worlds Through What We Wear,” NoNation Art Lab; Chicago, IL

Guest Lecture: “Comedy Game Projects,” Advanced Game Design course, DePaul University; Chicago, IL  


Cardoza, Kerry. “Jenn Smith and Bailey Scieszka.” Newcity; September 2016.

“5 Shows To See Now.” Newcity; September 2016.

“Top V. Weekend Picks (6/16-6/22).” Bad At Sports; June 2016.

Clarke, Chris. “Letter from Chicago: A Fucking Biennial.” Art Monthly; November 2015.

Curated Exhibitions
God Gives Us Food, cornerstore
Chicago, IL

Here, cornerstore
Chicago, IL

Lay a Ghost, cornerstore
Chicago, IL

Late November, cornerstore
Chicago, IL

2 Tambours, cornerstore
Chicago, IL