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Evan Morgan Williams

Author's Bio

I have published over forty short stories in literary magazines famous and obscure, including Witness, The Kenyon Review, Zyzzyva, Alaska Quarterly Review, and, well, you get the idea. A public school teacher for 21 years, I hold an MFA, tattered and faded, from the University of Montana. My students see it on my classroom wall and say, "Huh?", and some days I do too. A collection of some of my short stories, "Thorn," is forthcoming from BkMk Press. Three of my stories have been nominated for, but did not win, a Pushcart Prize. At one time I had access to the key to the Central Library's gorgeous Sterling Room for Writers. Understand, this is like having a golden ticket to the chocolate factory. I have studied writing with the best of them, Kim Stafford, Kent Nelson, Leonard Robinson, Joanne Meschery, Melissa Madenski, Bill Kittredge, and Anthony Doerr, but Portland local Martha Gies stands above them all. Not having taken an academic path, I welcome inquiries from benefactors, patrons, sponsors, underwriters, and shoe companies seeking my endorsement. Product placement? I'd think about it.

Publications and Prizes

Anthologies:
Best of the West 5 (Norton, 1992)
Journals:
Alaska Quarterly Review, Antioch Review, Kenyon Review, Silk Road, Witness
Prizes:
Sharot Chandra Prize for Fiction (BkMk Press, 2013). Best of the West 5: New Stories from the Wide Side of the Missouri (anthology, Norton, 1992). Merriam-Frontier Award (student writing competition, University of Montana, 1991)

Evan Morgan Williams Resume

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
Complete Stories of Isaac Babel by Isaac Babel
Favorite Books:
The Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway, One Hundred Years of Solitude, Desert Notes and River Notes,Steppenwolfe, Half in Love
Favorite Authors:
Hemingway, Poe, Borges, Barry Lopez, Paul Bowles, John Cheever, Isaac Babel,Raymond Carver, Maile Meloy

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Listing last updated: August 17, 2013

More Information

Listed as:
Fiction Writer
Gives readings?
Yes
Travels for readings?
Yes
Prefers to work with:
Adults

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