Victor Yates was raised in Jacksonville, Florida and now lives in Los Angeles. His writing has appeared in Windy City Times, Edge, Message, EndPain, and other publications. As a graduate of the Creative Writing program at Otis College, he is the recipient of an Ahmanson Foundation grant. He is the winner of the Elma Stuckey Writing Award (1st place in poetry) at Morehouse College. He received an Oprah Winfrey Scholarship and appeared on Oprah’s Surprise Spectacular show. Two of his poems were included in the anthology, For Colored Boys, which was edited by Keith Boykin. The book won the American Library Association’s Stonewall Book Award. Also, he has taught writing workshops at the University of Southern California, Job Corps, Whaley Middle School (Compton), Gindling Hilltop Camp (Malibu), and Bright Star Secondary Charter Academy (Inglewood).
His novel, A Love Like Blood, won the 2016 Lambda Literary Award aka The Lammys for LGBT Debut Fiction. Purchase an autographed copy of the book below.
He has read at the prestigious ALOUD Reading Series produced by Central Library in Downtown Los Angeles. He has read at the Playa Vista Branch Library, Silver Lake Library, West Hollywood Library, West Hollywood Book Fair, One City, One Pride Arts Festival, The Last Bookstore, and other locations across the country.
Also, Yates has worked with Borders, the Hollywood Black Film Festival, Martha Stewart Fresh Finds, EraseDoubt (L.A.-county campaign), Top Chef, and Winter Party Festival.