Fiction writer  | Winner, Washington Writers’ Publishing House Fiction Prize for short story collection “Strivers and Other Stories” | Professionally, have been involved in digital communications, web advertising, and web technology since the dot com era  | VONA, Callaloo Oxford, Hurston Wright, Tin House, and Sewanee Writers’ Conference alum |  Querying agents on a second completed novel manuscript about family connections across generations, and African-American migration | Have won awards for short story and screenplay writing and have participated in workshops led by Colson Whitehead, ZZ Packer, Ravi Howard, Tayari JonesMaurice Carlos Ruffin, and others.  >> More...

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Strivers and Other Stories

“The feathery touch of these graceful short tales conceals melancholic undertones of helplessness and American class and race divisions.”  -Kirkus Reviews

Strivers and Other Stories

“If the best fiction aims to dissect social reality, this collection fits in with that long, distinguished, and dazzling tradition.” -Washington City Paper

“Williams writes vividly about the American south, making the region itself a central character in his first collection of short fiction.” -Politics and Prose Bookstore, Washington, D.C.

The collection was published by Washington Writers’ Publishing House in November 2016. Available at:

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