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The Secret of Hurricanes:  A Novel

MacAdam/Cage 2002
Paterson Fiction Prize Finalist

In simple and sedate prose, Williams fashions an emotional hurricane that sweeps into the life of a young girl who grapples to hold on to whatever limb is extended to her. Dysfunctional families, murder, and excruciating loneliness are at the core of this melancholy but very well written novel. Elsa Gaztambide, Booklist

Recommended for serious readers of contemporary fiction, especially in an academic environment.  ~ Debbie Bogenschutz, Library Journal



Creative Non Fiction/Essay

"Lawrence's Apples."  Forthcoming in Talking Writing.  February 2011
"On Writing."  Talking Writing.  January 2011

 
Short Stories
   
"The World in Red." The Sun. September 2010.

"Trash." The Sun. September 2007.

“The Falls.” The Sun. July 2005.

“Rose’s.” The Sun. January 2005.



"Jane." The Sun. April 2004

"Blue Velvis." The Sun. August 2004.

Nominated for a Pushcart Prize
Reprinted in The Mysterious Life of the Heart

"Easy Street." Hunger Mountain: The Vermont College Journal of Arts and Letters. #3. Fall 2003.

"Lydia's Gift." Sulphur River Literary Review. Vol. XVII. Number 1. Fall 2000

"Snow in the South, 1965: The Toxic White." Sulphur River Literary Review. Vol. XVII.   Number 1. Fall 2000.

Selection from "A Short History of Loneliness in the '60s." Seems. Number 33. 1999.

"Rewriting the Last Supper." The Chattahoochee Review. Summer 1994. Vol. XIV. Number 4.



Poetry:

"Once and for All." Forthcoming in Contemporary Haibun Online. April 2011


"In Repair." Forthcoming in Contemporary Haibun Online. April 2011.

"Taos Pueblo." Forthcoming in Contemporary Haibun Online. April 2011.

"One Bluegill Among the Minnows."  Forthcoming in Lilliput Review.

"Another Cast." Forthcoming in Notes from the Gean. March 2011.

"Cristo with Mourning Figures." Forthcoming in Haibun Today. March 2011.

"First Time on a River With Locks." Forthcoming in Haibun Today. March 2011.

"The First Cold Nights."  Forthcoming in Frogpond, Winter 2010.

"Out There." Forthcoming in Contemporary Haibun Online. December 2010.

"Chief Taholah Days." Forthcoming in Contemporary Haibun Online. December 2010.

"The Graveyard in Derby," Haibun Today. Volume 4, Number 4, December 2010

"River Coal," Notes from the Gean. Volume 2, Issue 3. December 2010

"The Galaxy to Ourselves," Contemporary Haibun Online.  Volume 6, Number 3.

"I Keep Thinking About the West."  Forthcoming in Fraglit.  Theme:  Letters

"Tonight." Fraglit. Issue #7. Theme: Solitude, Fall 2010

"Spring Passage, May," Notes from the Gean. September 2010

"Baba Yaga in the 21st Century." Miriam's Well.

"Cairo, Illinois." Haibun Today. Volume 4, Number 3, September 2010.

"Memorial Day." With comments by Bruce Ross. Contemporary Haibun Online. Vol 6, No 2. July 2010.

"All Night and Day." Haibun Today. Vol 4, No 2. June 2010.

"At Tia Buena's in Red River, New Mexico." Miriam's Well. May 2010.

Tanka. Miriam's Well. May 2010.

"The Night Boat." Barnwood International Poetry Mag. April 2010.

"Song for Ryokan." Contemporary Haibun Online. Vol 6, No 1. March 2010.

"The Company of Dogs." Haibun Today. Vol 4, No 1. March 2010.

"I Am the Zookeeper." Segue 8. 2009.

"The Zookeeper's Loss." Segue 8. 2009.

"Late September." Paterson Literary Review. #27. 1996.
Allen Ginsberg Poetry Prize Finalist

"Maps of the Heart." Viet Nam Generation. Volume 6, Numbers 3-4. 1995.

"She Lived in a Phantom World." Footwork: Paterson Literary Review. Issue no. 24-25. 1995.

"Air Disaster." Poetpourri (now The Comstock Review). Awards Edition, 1995.

"What We Learn." Poetpourri (now The Comstock Review). Awards Edition, 1995.

"Ophelia Again." Riverwind. #20. 1995.

"Counting Stars Forever." Riverwind. #20. 1995.

"Everytime I Think About It." Riverwind. #20. 1995.

"In and Out of Lives." Shattered Wig Review. #13. 1995.

"The Darkness You Came From." Visions International. Number 46. 1994.

"God's Wrinkled Brides." Infinity Limited. Number 24. September 1994.

"Her Father's Death." Potpourri. July/August 1994.

"Captain America, Alive and Well During the Gulf War." Viet Nam Generation. Volume 6, Numbers 1-2. 1994


Awards:

*Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center Residency

* $10,000 Individual Excellence Award in Fiction, Ohio Arts Council.

* Pushcart Prize nominee for fiction

* Friends of Library Award in recognition of Secret of Hurricanes, BGSU

* Paterson Fiction Prize Finalist, The Secret of Hurricanes

* Allen Ginsberg Poetry Prize finalist

* Devine Award for Fiction, BGSU

* Master Teacher Award Nominee



Presentations:

Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA

Winter Wheat Festival, BGSU

Northwest Ohio Writers Forum, Toledo, OH

Visiting Writers Series, East Carolina University

Women’s Book Club, Albany, NY

Southern Festival of Books, Nashville

Wright State University

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The Secret of Hurricanes : That article in the Waterville Scout said it was Shake- spearean, all that fatalism that guides the Kennedys' lives. The likelihood of untimely death. Recently, another one died in his prime, John-John in an airplane. Not long before that, Bobby's boy. While playing football at high speeds on snow skis. Those Kennedys take some crazy chances. I prefer my own easy ways. Which isn't to say my life hasn't been Shake-spearean. By the time I was sixteen, my life was like the darkened stage at the end of Hamlet or Macbeth. All littered with corpses and treachery.

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