Miller Williams

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Miller Williams
BornStanley Miller Williams
(1930-04-08)April 8, 1930
Hoxie, Arkansas, U.S.
DiedJanuary 1, 2015(2015-01-01) (aged 84)
Fayetteville, Arkansas, U.S.
OccupationPoet, translator, publisher
NationalityUnited States

Miller Williams (April 8, 1930 – January 1, 2015) was an American contemporary poet, as well as a translator and editor. He wrote over 25 books and won several awards for his poetry. He was perhaps best known for reading a poem at President Clinton's 1997 inauguration. One of his best-known poems was "The Shrinking Lonesome Sestina."

Williams suffered from spina bifida.[1] He died in Fayetteville, Arkansas from Alzheimer's disease, aged 84.

Books[change | change source]

  • A Circle of Stone, 1965
  • So Long at the Fair, 1968
  • Halfway from Hoxie, 1973
  • Why God Permits Evil, 1977, Louisiana State University Press
  • The Boys on Their Bony Mules, 1983, Louisiana State University Press
  • Patterns of Poetry, 1986, Louisiana State University Press
  • Living on the Surface, 1989
  • Adjusting to the Light, 1992, University of Missouri Press
  • Points of Departure, 1994
  • The Ways We Touch: Poems, 1997, University of Illinois Press
  • Some Jazz a While: Collected Poems, 1999, University of Illinois Press, ISBN 978-0-252-06774-7
  • Making a Poem: Some Thoughts About Poetry and the People Who Write It, 2006, Louisiana State University Press, ISBN 978-0-8071-3132-9
  • Time and the Tilting Earth: Poems, 2008, Louisiana State University Press, ISBN 978-0-8071-3353-8

References[change | change source]

Other websites[change | change source]

  • Farnsworth, Elizabeth. Jan. 16, 1996. Interview with Miller Williams. American Poetry/PBS Online Newshour. [1]
  • Rosenthal, Harry. Jan 20, 1997. "Poet Addresses Inaugural Event." Washington Post. [2]
  • "Miller Williams." 2003. Entry in Contemporary Authors Online. Gale.
  • Gatewood, Willard B. October 28, 2009. "Miller Williams." Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture

More reading[change | change source]

  • Burns, Michael (ed.) 1991. Miller Williams and the Poetry of the Particular. Columbia, Mo: University of Missouri Press.
  • Correspondence and other materials. Miller Williams Collection, 1950–1995. Fayetteville, Ar: University of Arkansas Libraries, Special Collections Division, Manuscript Collection 1387. http://libinfo.uark.edu/specialcollections/findingaids/todd.html