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Russ Williams

Russ Williams

  • Greenmantle
    12 South Helderberg Parkway
    Slingerlands, NY 12159-9740
  • Phone: 518-439-3260
  • E-mail: russwill@nycap.rr.com

Author's Bio

My earliest writing began in poetry particularly, and I was a young journalist, essayist and short story writer. During the middle period of my life those same interests were focal, and I began to follow an interest as a book reviewer (Best Sellers out of Pittsburgh University in particular) and involved in outdoor writing (for three newspapers, two weeklies, and one periodic). Over time, while I continued to publish poetry, I began to favor fiction and historical fiction especially. At about the same time I became the editor of first one and later another newsletter for outdoor organizations in New York state -- the Adirondack Conservation Council and then the Conservation Alliance of New York, while also writing bi-monthly for yet a third such organization. Concentrating on outdoor interests that promote better understanding of the skills and abilities, concerns, and hands-on activities of those who hunt, fish, and trap, I became a member of the New York State Outdoor Writers Association, and continue in that capacity. At present, I am concentrating on historical fiction in both short story and novel forms.

Publications and Prizes

Books:
Gates to the City (Albany Tricentennial, 1986), North Country (Greenfield Review Press, 1986), The Hole in Jocelyn's Head & Other Poems (SUNY Albany Press, 1979)
Journals:
Between the Species, Bitterroot, Blueline, Bullet, Colorado North Review, Glens Falls Review, University Review, W Coast Review, Washout Review
Prizes:
1964 Bread Loaf Writers Conference Scholarship

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
Accidents of Providence by Stacia M. Brown, several books of essays and poetry by Thomas Lynch, The Hangman's Daughter (V1, V2, V3, V4) by Oliver Potsch, The Battle/The Retreat/Exile (trilogy) by Patrick Rambaud, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob Zoet by David Mitchell
Favorite Books:
Ivanhoe The Virginian Shane Old Man and the Boy Once an Eagle
Favorite Authors:
Authors of The Holy Bible Shakespeare John Adams Thomas Jefferson Emily Dickinson Nathaniel Hawthorne Herman Melville Henry David Thoreau Ralph Waldo Emerson Jane Austen Emily Bronte Charlotte Bronte Francis Parkman Bernard DeVoto Robert Ruark Wallace Stevens Jane Kenyon Anton Myrer Mark Helprin Owen Wister John Davies Richard M. Ketchum Jan Morris Nathaniel Philbrick David McCullough Ken Follett Paula McLain Annia Ciezadlo Ma Jian Takashi Matsuoka

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Listing last updated: August 1, 2014

More Information

Listed as:
Poet
Gives readings?
Yes
Travels for readings?
Yes
Identifies as:
Other
Prefers to work with:
Naturalists/Environmentalists
Fluent in:
English
Born in:
Whitehall, NY
Raised in:
Whitehall, NY

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