John Sibley Williams is the author of nine poetry collections, most recently Disinheritance (Apprentice House, 2016) and Controlled Hallucinations (FutureCycle Press, 2013), and has served as editor of the recent Northwest poetry anthologies Alive at the Center (Ooligan Press, 2013) and Motionless from the Iron Bridge (barebones books, 2013). An eleven-time Pushcart nominee, John has won various awards, including the Philip Booth Poetry Prize, American Literary Review Poetry Contest, Nancy D. Hargrove Prize, and Vallum Award for Poetry. A few previous publishing credits include: The Yale Review, Midwest Quarterly, Sycamore Review, Prairie Schooner, The Massachusetts Review, Poet Lore, Saranac Review, Atlanta Review, Arts & Letters, Columbia Poetry Review, Mid-American Review, Poetry Northwest, Third Coast, and various anthologies.

John co-founded the Inflectionist poetry movement, edits its journal, The Inflectionist Review, and has served as Board Member of the Friends of William Stafford, Co-Director of the Walt Whitman 150 organization, and Annual Contest Chair of the Oregon Poetry Association. He also co-founded the Moonlit Poetry Caravan, a Portland-based critique group.

John holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Rivier College and an MA in Book Publishing from Portland State University, where he served as Acquisitions Manager of Ooligan Press and Marketing Manager of Three Muses Press.

John has worked as Marketing Director of Inkwater Press and as a freelance literary agent and publicist, representing poets and writers of fiction and nonfiction. He lives in Portland, Oregon.


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Email:   jswilliams1307@gmail.com