Russ Williams

Creative Nonfiction Writer, Fiction Writer, Poet

Slingerlands, NY
New York US

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 & 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
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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

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Native American
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Whitehall, NY
New York
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Last update: Feb 08, 2016