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Evan Morgan Williams is the author of Thorn: Short Stories, winner of the 2013 Chandra Prize at BkMk Press (University of Missouri-Kansas City). The book received several honors after publication, including a gold medal from the Independent Publishers Book Awards. The book was long-listed for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Prize.

“Williams has a facility for getting inside characters and exposing their essential isolation and loneliness.” -Kirkus Reviews

“The seductive beauty of these subtle, troubling fictions reflect their author’s dreamy, voice-drenched visions of underdog lives.” -Al Young, California Poet Laureate and Judge of the 2013 Chandra Prize

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In 2018, Williams released a second volume, Canyons | Older Stories, in a limited print run, available privately. This book won a gold medal from the Next Generation Independent Book Awards.

Williams has published over forty stories in such magazines as Witness, Antioch Review, (The) Kenyon Review, and ZYZZYVA. He holds an MFA from the University of Montana, and has taught in a public school for over twenty five years. He has held a Writers in the Schools residency and two AWP Writer to Writer mentorships. His work was anthologized in Best of the West 5 (Norton), and in MAKE X: A Decade of Literary Art (Featherproof Books). His story in Weber: the Contemporary West earned the magazine’s annual prize for best work of fiction.

Williams’ work has been featured at the Lane Literary Guild’s Windfall Reading Series, the Nye Beach Writers Series, Mountain Writers, Plonk Reading Series, Eastern Oregon University’s Ars Poetica Visiting Writer Series, and Sacramento’s Stories on Stage: works of fiction read by actors. He has been the subject of interviews on Late Night Library, Farsickness Journal, Antioch Review, The Fourth River, and elsewhere.

Williams is currently at work on a novel and a micropublishing venture to publish a third collection of stories.

Inquiries welcome at evan.morgan.williams@gmail.com.