John Sibley Williams

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John Sibley Williams (born December 7, 1978, Melrose, MA) is an American poet and fiction writer. He is the author of six chapbooks and one full-length poetry collection, Controlled Hallucinations.[1][2] He has edited three regional poetry collections, the poetry journal The Inflectionist Review, and the Walt Whitman 150 commemorative collection.


Williams received a B.A. from the University at Albany, SUNY in 2003 and an M.A. in Creative Writing in 2005 from Rivier University. After traveling abroad for three years, he moved to Portland, Oregon in 2009 and earned his M.A. in Book Publishing from Portland State University. There he worked as Acquisitions Manager of Ooligan Press at Portland State University and was instrumental in the production of the Alive at the Center, the Pacific Poetry Project’s first volume poetry anthology.[3]

In 2012, Williams and fellow poets A. Molotkov and David Cooke became co-directors of the Walt Whitman 150 organization, a biannual celebration of Whitman’s legacy.[4] The following year, he and Molotkov started The Inflectionist Review, an international poetry and art magazine.

His work has appeared in Third Coast, Nimrod International Journal, Inkwell, Cider Press Review, Bryant Literary Review, Cream City Review, The Chaffin Journal, The Evansville Review, RHINO, and various anthologies.

Williams lives in Milwaukie, Oregon with his wife, Boston terrier, and three cats.


Full-length collections[edit]

  • Controlled Hallucinations], FutureCycle Press, 2013


  • Motionless from the Iron Bridge: A Northwest Anthology of Bridge Poems], Barebone Books, 2013 (editor)[5]
  • The End of Mythology, Virgogray Press, 2013
  • The Longest Compass, Finishing Line Press, 2012
  • Folded Word Press, 2012
  • Autobiography of Fever, Bedouin Books, 2011
  • The Art of Raining, The Knives Forks and Spoons Press, 2011
  • Door, Door, Red Ochre Press, 2011
  • A Pure River, The Last Automat Press, 2010


Williams has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Other contests he has won or been a finalist for include The Rumi Prize in Poetry, The Pinch Award, and the HEART Poetry Award.[6] He was a finalist in the 2015 Third Coast Fiction and Poetry Contest.[7]



  1. ^ Strong, Anna (4 December 2013). "CONTROLLED HALLUCINATIONS by John Sibley Williams" reviewed by Anna Strong". Cleaver Magazine. 
  2. ^ Schott, Penelope Scamby (27 March 2014). "Controlled Hallucinations by John Sibley Williams". Oregon Poetry Association. Retrieved 26 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "Alive at the Center". Ooligan Press. 
  4. ^ "John Sibley Williams". Willamette Writer's Conference 2015. Archived from the original on 26 March 2015. Retrieved 26 July 2015. 
  5. ^ Rendleman, Raymond (July 24, 2013). "Poetry explores 'classic bridge metaphors". Portland Tribune. Retrieved 2016-01-23. 
  6. ^ "John Sibley Williams". Kentucky Review 2014. 2014. 
  7. ^ "2015 Contest Results". Third Coast Magazine. Retrieved 26 July 2015. 

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