JL Williams

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JL Williams was born in New Jersey, studied at Wellesley College and received a distinction on the MLitt in Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow. She has been published in journals including Poetry Wales, The Wolf, Edinburgh Review, Fulcrum and Stand. Her poetry has been translated into Greek, French and Dutch and she has translated poetry from Spanish and Greek.

Her poems have been featured in the New Writing Scotland 30 anthology and in the Scottish Poetry Library's Best Scottish Poems 2011 anthology. She was awarded a grant from the Scottish Arts Council for a poetry collaboration entitled chiaroscuro pentimenti with composer Martin Parker and artist Anna Chapman and the Edwin Morgan Travel Bursary from the Scottish Arts Trust.

In September 2009 she journeyed to the Aeolian Isles to write a collection inspired by Ovid's Metamorphoses called Condition of Fire. Her second collection, Locust and Marlin, explores the ideas of home and origin — how where we come from, where we choose to be and who and what we love become so much of who we are.

JL Williams plays in the band Opul and is Programme Manager at the Scottish Poetry Library.

Her website is here.

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