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). A five-time Pushcart nominee, John has won 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 Midwest Quarterly Review, Baltimore Review, American Literary Review, Third Coast, december, Nimrod International Journal, Hotel Amerika, Rio Grande Review, Inkwell, Cider Press Review, Bryant Literary Review, Cream City Review, RHINO, and various anthologies.
John co-founded the Inflectionist poetry movement, edits its journal, The Inflectionist Review, and serves as Board Member of the Friends of William Stafford and Co-Director of the Walt Whitman 150 organization. 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.