UHBF Virtual Poet Event - John Sibley Williams

  • Posted on: 4 August 2020
  • By: TanyaMills

Sugar House Review is excited to present John Sibley Williams, author of Skin Memory



In the meantime, you can order several of his books of poetry below, including Skin Memory.



"Both imaginative and lucid, Skin Memory offers a rich cartography of our world as we’ve made it, a world of overlapping skins (human, animal, earth) that caress and wound and scar one another. Here there is no false nature/culture binary, but earth as palimpsest – a body made up of bodies, histories, and dreams of the future. Like the tattered fragments of Borges’ Map of the Empire, Williams’ world is always charged with mystery alongside human desire and folly: wherever our endeavors mark the landscape, there too the scrub grass peeks through." 

- Sarah Rose Nordgren

JOHN SIBLEY WILLIAMS is the author of As One Fire Consumes Another (Orison Poetry Prize, 2019), Skin Memory (Backwaters Prize, University of Nebraska Press, 2019), Summon (JuxtaProse Chapbook Prize, 2019), Disinheritance, and Controlled Hallucinations. He has also served as editor of two Northwest poetry anthologies, Alive at the Center (Ooligan Press, 2013) and Motionless from the Iron Bridge (barebones books, 2013). A nineteen-time Pushcart nominee, John is the winner of numerous awards, including the Laux/Millar Prize, Wabash Prize, Philip Booth Award, Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize, American Literary Review Poetry Contest, Phyllis Smart-Young Prize, The 46er Prize, Nancy D. Hargrove Editors' Prize, Confrontation Poetry Prize, and Vallum Award for Poetry. He serves as editor of The Inflectionist Review and works as a freelance poetry editor, writing coach, and literary agent. Previous publishing credits include: Yale Review, Midwest Quarterly, Southern Review, Colorado Review, Sycamore Review, Prairie Schooner, Massachusetts Review, Poet Lore, Saranac Review, Atlanta Review, TriQuarterly, Columbia Poetry Review, Mid-American Review, Poetry Northwest, Third Coast, and various anthologies. 

John holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Rivier University and an MA in Book Publishing from Portland State University. He teaches poetry for Literary Arts as part of their Writers in the Schools program and works as a poetry editor and mentor for The Poetry Barn and WriteByNight. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his partner and boisterous twin toddlers, Kaiya and Gabriel.

This event is made possible with support from The Book Bungalow, Sugar House Review, and Utah Humanities.

Event address: 
Online via Zoom
St. George, UT 84770-4087
Skin Memory (The Backwaters Prize in Poetry) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781935218500
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: The Backwaters Press - November 1st, 2019

As One Fire Consumes Another Cover Image
ISBN: 9781949039016
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Orison Books - April 2nd, 2019

Disinheritance: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9781627201315
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Apprentice House - September 1st, 2016

Controlled Hallucinations Cover Image
ISBN: 9781938853227
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Futurecycle Press - April 24th, 2013