Crystal Williams is the author of three collections of poems, most recently Troubled Tongues, winner of the 2009 Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Prize, finalist for the 2009 Oregon Book Award, and shortlisted for the Idaho Prize. Widely anthologized, her poems also appear in journals and publications like The American Poetry Review, 5AM, The Sun, Ms. Magazine, The Indiana Review, Court Green and Callaloo, among others. Raised in Detroit, Michigan and Madrid, Spain, she has just completed a fourth collection of poems, titled Walking The Cemetery: Detroit Poems. Crystal Williams holds a Bachelor of Arts from New York University, a Master of Fine Arts from Cornell University, and has received fellowships and grants from The MacDowell Arts Colony, the Oregon Arts Commission, and Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. She really, really likes dogs, and is delighted to work on the dog-friendly campus of Reed College, where she is the Dean for Institutional Diversity and Associate Professor of Creative Writing.
Complete Reading from Mountain Writers Series 2010