William H. Coles

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William H. Coles

William H. Coles, M.D., M.S., FACS, is an American ophthalmic trauma surgeon, and a writer of literary fiction.

Biography[edit]

Coles was born in Rochester, New York on March 2, 1937, and earned a BA from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1958. He earned his medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine in 1962, interning at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta,and served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force Medical Corps, stationed in France from 1963-1966. Upon returning to the United States, he completed his residency in ophthalmology at Louisiana State University, where he also earned a post-doctoral Masters degree in Neurophysiology in 1970. He was certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology in 1972. As an ophthalmic surgeon specializing in ocular trauma, he has held academic appointments as Instructor and as Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Louisiana State University, as Assistant Professor (1972–73) and Associate Professor (1973–1980) at Medical University of South Carolina, He then became Professor of Ophthalmology at Emory University (1980–86), and as Professor and Chairman at State University of New York (SUNY) (1986–1997), where he is now Professor Emeritus.

During his 27-year surgical career, Coles was a researcher in corneal endothelium, thermography, eye trauma, essential blepharospasm and informed consent. He served as regent for the American College of Surgeons and was president of the Association of University Professors in Ophthalmology. For over a decade, he lectured at the annual Harvard Lancaster Course in Ophthalmology, teaching ocular trauma to residents and fellows.

He found time during his early career to express his love of the fine arts with annual postgraduate courses in English and the arts, and through community outreach. In Charleston, he coordinated the visual arts segment of the Spoleto Festival USA from 1977–1980; was Chairman of the Board for the Carolina Art Association from 1978–1980; served as President and Chairman of the Board for the Gibbes Art Gallery for those same years; and earned the Mayor's Honor Award for historic preservation in 1980. In addition to being a published poet during his time in Atlanta, Coles taught a series of classes on Georgian antique furniture as part of the Evening at Emory lifelong learning program. From 1987-1995, he reviewed poetry for the American Medical Association. In Buffalo, he wrote scripts and presented on-air for the WBFO radio program on jazz history, as well as offering editorial opinions and hosting fund raising segments. In 1995, Coles was the featured poet for the Atlanta Arts Festival, and won the Banff (Canada) Professional and Amateur Award for best musical performance. He has lectured internationally on surgery, Georgian antiques, jazz and literary fiction.

Upon retiring from surgery in 1997, he entered into a mission to learn the art of writing fiction. Many of his stories have earned recognition and awards in literary competitions. In addition to writing and lecturing on literary fiction, Coles created the "Story in Literary Fiction" website as an educational resource for writers of fiction. The website also features several of Coles's award-winning stories, essays, and interviews with other authors and editors.

Works[edit]

Short Stories[edit]

Several of William H. Coles's short stories have been collected into the volume Facing Grace with Gloria and Other Short Stories. Nine of these stories have earned literary awards or recognition, and the collection was a finalist for the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction in 2010.

Coles has drawn inspiration and settings from the many places he has lived throughout the United States: New York, New England, Louisiana, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Ohio and Utah. He has also lived in France, where two of his stories, "The Gift" and "The Miracle of Madame Villard," take place. "The Stonecutter's Son" dwells in the Deep South of the Civil Rights Era, while "Suchin's Escape" reflects the evils of New Orleans prior to its decimation by Hurricane Katrina. Coles writes with purpose, using narrative story to engage readers in the intricacies of character and the human condition.

The characters that populate Coles's stories cover a wide range of ages and demographics. Some contend with oppressive situations and prevail; others succumb to evil. A few, like Catherine in "The Gift," are inspirational. In "The Perennial Student," Coles confronts a professor with a humorously ironic situation that leads to soul-wrenching choices. Through his characters, Coles explores human spirit: its strengths and weaknesses, the irrationality of emotional responses, and the vanishing standards of morality.

Medical texts[edit]

  • Intraocular Injuries: Their Immediate Surgical Management (with Haik, George M. and Elizabeth M. McFetridge) Philadelphia: Lea & Febiger, 1972. 9780812103946 [1]
  • Ophthalmology: A Diagnostic Text Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins, 1989, ISBN 978-0-683-02056-4 [2]

Selected peer-reviewed articles[edit]

Literary works[edit]

  • Story in Literary Fiction: A Manual for Writers. Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse, 2007 ISBN 978-1-4259-8664-3 [3]
  • Facing Grace with Gloria and Other Stories. Authorhouse, 2010. ISBN 978-1-4520-6658-5 [4] 2007
  • (1980) "Grace Before Meat"
  • (1981, 1984) "Unwed Girl"
  • (2008) "Reddog"—Awarded 1st place, Sandhills Competition, 2006
  • (2008) "Captain Withers's Wife"—Awarded 2nd place, Sandhills Competition, 2006; Short Story Finalist, William Faulkner Competition, 2006
  • (2008) "Facing Grace with Gloria"—Finalist, William Faulkner Competition,
  • (2008) "The Stonecutter"
  • (2009) "Crossing Over"
  • (2009) "Homunculus"—Shortlist finalist of equal rank, William Faulkner Competition, 2008
  • (2009) "The Thirteen Nudes of Ernest Goings"—Finalist, William Faulkner Competition, 2008
  • (2010) "On the Road to Yazoo City"—Finalist, SEAK Competition, 2007
  • (2010) "The Gift"
  • (2010) "The Activist"
  • (2010) "The Perennial Student"
  • (2010) "The Miracle of Madame Villard"
  • (2010) "Greif"—Finalist, short story, 2010 William Faulkner - William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, sponsored by the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society
  • (2010) "Suchin's Escape"—short listed, 2010 William Faulkner - William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, sponsored by the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society
  • (2010) "The Necklace"—semi-finalist, 2010 William Faulkner - William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, sponsored by the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society
  • (2010) Godless -- short listed, novel in progress, 2010 William Faulkner - William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, sponsored by the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society
  • (2010) The Surgeon's Wife -- short listed, novella, 2010 William Faulkner - William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, sponsored by the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society

Awards[edit]

Literary[edit]

  • Darwin — Finalist, Novel-in-Progress, William Faulkner - William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, 2011
  • "The Necklace" — Finalist, Short Story, William Faulkner - William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, 2011
  • "The Renaissance of Fiction: Join the Revolution" — Essay, Short-list Finalist, William Faulkner - William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, 2011
  • "Big Gene" — Short Story, Finalist, William Faulkner - William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, 2011
  • "The Golden Flute" — Short Story, Finalist, William Faulkner - William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, 2011
  • "The Miracle of Madame Villard" — Short Story, Finalist, William Faulkner - William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, 2011
  • Lucy — Novel, Short-list Finalist, William Faulkner - William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, 2011
  • The Surgeon's Wife — Novel, Long-list Finalist, William Faulkner - William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, 2011
  • "Please God: Command Imagination Back into Literary Fiction" — short listed, essay, William Faulkner - William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, 2010
  • The Surgeon's Wife — Semifinalist, William Faulkner Competition, 2009
  • "The Hostage" — Shortlist, Novel-in-Progress, William Faulkner Competition, 2009
  • "A Friend in Need" — Shortlist finalist, Short Story, William Faulkner Competition, 2009
  • Taboo — Finalist, William Faulkner Competition, 2007
  • Featured Poet, Atlanta Arts Festival, 1995
  • "Unwed Girl"—Callenwolde Poetry Prize, Best Poem, 1984
  • 2010 essay, "Please God: Command Imagination Back into Literary Fiction" — short-listed in the 2010 William Faulkner - William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, sponsored by the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society

2013 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition[edit]

  • Pater Noster Top finalist. Novel-in-Progress
  • “Speaking of the Dead” Top finalist Short Story
  • Guardian of Deceit Short-list finalist. Novel
  • “Becoming an Author” Short-list finalist. Essay
  • "Hubris” Semi-finalist Short Story
  • “Inside the Matryoshka” Semi-finalist Short Story

2012 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition[edit]

  • Sister Carrie Top finalist Novella
  • Guardian of Deceit," Top Finalist Novel in Progress
  • “The Necklace” Top Finalist Short Story
  • “The Golden Flute” Short-List finalist Short Story
  • “The Quest for Greatness in Literary Fiction and the Failure of Authorial Self.” Short-List finalist. Essay
  • “The Amish girl” Semi-finalist short story
  • “Big Gene” Semi-finalist short story
  • “Greif” Semi-finalist Short Story

Medical[edit]

Community Service and the Arts[edit]

  • (1995–1997) Radio commentator in jazz history, editorial opinion and fund-raising session host, WBFO, an NPR affiliate, Buffalo, New York
  • (1995) Banff Professional and Amateur Award for best musical performance
  • (1987–1995) Poetry Reviewer, Journal of the American Medical Association
  • (1980) Mayor's Honor Award, Historic Preservation, Charleston, South Carolina
  • (1978–1980) Chairman of the Board, Carolina Art Association
  • (1978–1980) President and Chairman of the Board, Gibbes Art Gallery, Charleston, South Carolina
  • (1977–1980) Visual Arts Coordinator, Spoleto Festival USA, Charleston, South Carolina

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WorldCat". WorldCat. Retrieved 2012-01-01. 
  2. ^ "WorldCat". WorldCat. Retrieved 2012-01-01. 
  3. ^ "WorldCat". WorldCat. Retrieved 2012-01-01. 
  4. ^ "Facing grace with gloria and other stories. (Book, 2010)". [WorldCat.org]. Retrieved 2012-01-01. 

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