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. Outside of writing, they're interested in food, fermentation, oral histories, graphic design, and collaborative multidisciplinary art projects. 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.

“fermenting archives: microbial matter as history holder,” in Lauren Fournier (ed.), fermenting feminism: hunter’s moon. Laboratory for Aesthetics and Ecology. 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
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
Land Arts of The American West;  Lannan Foundation Scholarship

GPSA Professional Development Grant; Albuquerque, NM.

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

RadarSofia; Sofia, Bulgaria

Flood’s Hall; Chicago, IL

Oral History Projects
“Choosing Names: An Oral History Project,” interviews conducted by Leo Williams & Eleonora Edreva, August 2nd-9th, 2021, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Online archive forthcoming.

“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
Tasty Projections, Gamis
Glasgow, Scotland

Ferments, Family, Kinship, Home, Images Festival
Toronto, CA

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

Fermenting Feminism, Access Gallery
Vancouver, BC, Canada

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

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

2nd Biennial Scent Fair, Craft and Folk Art Museum
Los Angeles, CA

Fermenting Feminism (Hunter’s Moon), the Medical Museion & the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts
Copenhagen, DK

Flat Earth Film Club and The LungA Film Festival

Workshop: “Game Hacking - Eau Doom,” Fabrika Avtonomia; Sofia, Bulgaria

Presentation: “Emotional Bootcamp: Collaborative Practices,” Æther Sofia; Sofia, Bulgaria

Guest Lecture: “Thinking Together: Olfactory Art & Manifestos,” Olfactory Art course, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; 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  

Fleerackers, Alice “Features—Fermenting Feminism.” Art the Science Blog; October 2019.

Bulliqi, Eddie. “Institute of Olfaction’s Biennial Scent Fair.” Perfume & Flavorist; December 2018.

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