Russ Williams

Slingerlands, NY 12159-9740

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

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)
Between the Species, Bitterroot, Blueline, Bullet, Colorado North Review, Glens Falls Review, University Review, W Coast Review, Washout Review
Prizes Won: 
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

More Information

Listed as: 
Creative Nonfiction Writer, Fiction Writer, Poet
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Identifies as: 
Native American
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Raised in: 
Whitehall, NY
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Last updated: Feb 08, 2016