African American fiction writer | Winner, 2016 Washington Writers’ Publishing House Fiction Prize for short story collection “Strivers and Other Stories” | Professionally, have been involved in digital communications, advertising, and web technology for over 20 years | VONA, Callaloo Oxford, Hurston Wright and Tin House alum | Querying agents on a second completed novel manuscript with a dual timeline narrative about family history, 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 Jones, 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
“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: