| United States|
| Stanley Miller Williams
April 8, 1930
Hoxie, Arkansas, U.S. (1930-04-08) |
Poet, translator, publisher
January 1, 2015, Fayetteville, Arkansas, United States
Arkansas State University, University of Arkansas
Some jazz a while, Patterns of poetry, The ways we touch, Time and the tilting earth, Adjusting to the light
Lucinda Williams, John William Corrington, Tom Overby
Miller Williams Wikipedia
Stanley Miller Williams (April 8, 1930 – January 1, 2015) was an American contemporary poet, as well as a translator and editor. He produced over 25 books and won several awards for his poetry. His accomplishments were chronicled in Arkansas Biography. He is perhaps best known for reading a poem at President Clinton's 1997 inauguration. One of his best-known poems is "The Shrinking Lonesome Sestina."
Williams was born in Hoxie, Arkansas, to Ernest Burdette and Ann Jeanette Miller Williams. He was educated in Arkansas, first enrolling at Hendrix College in Conway and eventually transferring to Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, where he published his first collection of poems, Et Cetera, while getting his bachelor's degree in biology. He went on to get a masters in zoology at the University of Arkansas in 1952.
He taught in several universities in various capacities, first as a professor of biology and then of English literature, and in 1970 returned to the University of Arkansas as a member of the English Department and the creative writing program. In 1980 he helped found the University of Arkansas Press, where he served as director for nearly 20 years. At the time of his death, he was a professor emeritus of literature at the University of Arkansas.
Miller received the 1963–64 Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship, and he won the 1991 Poets' Prize for his collection Living on the Surface.
In 1997, President Bill Clinton selected Williams to read his poem "Of History and Hope" at Clinton's second inauguration, instantly bringing Williams to national attention. In addition, President Clinton presented Williams with the National Arts Award for his lifelong contribution to the arts.
Miller suffered from spina bifida. He died on January 1, 2015 of Alzheimer's disease. In February, 2016, his daughter Lucinda Williams released a song entitled "If My Love Could Kill," as a testament to her father's suffering from this terrible affliction.
Williams lived in Fayetteville with his wife Jordan. Besides their daughter Lucinda Williams, a three-time Grammy Award winning country music, folk, and rock singer, named "America's best songwriter" by TIME magazine in 2002, they had a son, Robert, and another daughter, Karyn, who graduated from the School of Nursing at the University of Arkansas. Williams also had three grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.
During his lifetime, Williams received numerous awards in recognition of his work, including:Henry Bellman Award (1957)
Bread Loaf Writers' Conference Fellowship in Poetry (1961)
Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship (1963-1964)
Fulbright Professorship, National University of Mexico (1970)
New York Arts Fund Award (1970)
Prix de Rome in Poetry (1976)
Poets' Prize for Living on the Surface (1990)
John William Corrington Award for Literary Excellence (1993-1994)
National Arts Award (1997)
The Porter Fund Literary Prize Lifetime Achievement Award (2009)
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