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Ian Williams, 2014-2015 Canadian Writer-in-Residence

Ian Williams is the author of three books. His most recent collection, Personals, a jittery, plaintive suite of almost-love poems, was shortlisted for the 2013 Griffin Poetry Prize, the Robert Kroetsch Poetry Book Award, and the ReLit Award. His second book, Not Anyone's Anything, won the 2011 Danuta Gleed Literary Award for the best first collection of short fiction in Canada. The jury commended its “fluid sense of urbanity and structural innovation that doesn't come off as trickery.” You Know Who You Are, a book of poems obsessed with “you,” was a finalist for the ReLit Prize for poetry. CBC named Williams one of ten Canadian writers to watch.

Williams completed his PhD in English at the University of Toronto in 2005 and has worked as an English professor with a specialization in modern and contemporary literature.

Williams has held fellowships or residencies from Vermont Studio Center, Cave Canem, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and Palazzo Rinaldi in Italy. He was also a scholar at the National Humanities Center Summer Institute for Literary Study. His writing has appeared in several North American journals and anthologies, including Best Canadian Poetry in English and The Broadview Anthology of Short Fiction, alongside short story luminaries Edgar Allan Poe, James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, Flannery O'Connor, Margaret Atwood, and Alice Munro.

During his term as Writer-in-Residence at the University of Calgary, Ian Williams will be working on a novel. Visit Ian Williams’s website here. Read about his poetry here, his fiction here, and some interviews here and there.

To book a manuscript consultation with Ian, beginning in September, click here.
For information on his kickoff Hello/Goodbye reading on September 11, click here

Photo Credit John Jones