2017 Visiting Writer: Joy Williams

September 25 - September 26, 2017

Joy WilliamsOn Monday and Tuesday, September 25 and 26, 2017, the Department of English will be hosting a visit to Hillsdale College by the novelist Joy Williams, an author described by the Los Angeles Times as having written “the best American short stories of the past two decades,” and praised by Raymond Carver as “Simply a wonder,” a writer who has created in her stories “a world unlike any other in contemporary short fiction.”

On Monday evening at 8:00 Ms. Williams will give a reading from her work. On Tuesday, again at 8:00 pm, she will deliver a lecture titled “Why I Write.” Both events are free and open to the public. Both will take place in Dow Rooms A & B.

About Joy Williams

Born in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, in 1944, and raised in Maine, Joy Williams received her BA from Marietta College and an MFA from the University of Iowa. She has taught creative writing at the University of Houston, the University of Florida, the University of Iowa, the University of Arizona, and the University of Wyoming. Williams is the author of four novels and five collections of stories, including most recently The Visiting Privilege: New and Collected Stories (2015) and Ninety-Nine Stories of God (2016). She has also published a highly regarded volume of essays and a travel guide to the Florida Keys.

Among her many honors, Williams has been nominated for the National Book Award for Fiction, the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism. She has also received the Harold and Mildred Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Rea Award for the Short Story, and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story.