Plains Writers Series: John Sibley Williams

Special to The Wayne Stater

This Plains Writers Series will highlight the poet John Sibley Williams Wednesday, Sept. 23, at 4 p.m.

The Plains Writers Series is held several times a year to bring attention to the prose and poetry of Great Plains writers through reading and interacting with area audiences.

The readings will be hosted via Zoom. The event is sponsored by Wayne State College’s Language and Literature Department, the School of Arts and Humanities and the WSC Press.

It is in collaboration with the Visiting Writers Series at Northeast Community College.  The link for the zoom meeting will be at

John Sibley Williams is the author of “As One Fire Consumes Another,” winning the Orison Poetry Prize in 2019, “Skin Memory,” earning the Backwaters Prize, University of Nebraska Press, 2019, “Summon,” earning the JuxtaProse Chapbook Prize in 2019, “Disinheritance” and “Controlled Hallucinations.”

A 23-time Pushcart nominee, Williams is the winner of numerous awards, including the Wabash Prize for Poetry, Philip Booth Award, Phyllis Smart-Young Prize and Laux/Millar Prize.

He serves as editor of The Inflectionist Review and works as a freelance poetry editor and literary agent. Previous publishing credits include: Yale Review, Verse Daily, North American Review, Midwest Quarterly, Southern Review, Sycamore Review, Prairie Schooner, Saranac Review, Atlanta Review, TriQuarterly and various anthologies. His website is at