Author details

Jennifer (JL) Williams


Books by JL Williams include Condition of Fire (Shearsman, 2011), Locust and Marlin (Shearsman, 2014), Our Real Red Selves (Vagabond Poets, 2015) and House of the Tragic Poet (If A Leaf Falls Press, 2016). A new collection exploring the fine line between abundance and apocalypse, After Economy, will be published by Shearsman Books in 2017. She is interested in expanding dialogues through poetry across languages, perspectives and cultures and in cross-form work, visual art, dance, opera and theatre. Published widely in journals, her poetry has been translated into Dutch, Spanish, Turkish, Polish, German, French and Greek and she has read at international poetry festivals in Scotland, Turkey, Cyprus and Canada.  She has written the libretto for a new opera, Snow, which premiered in London in Spring 2017, was Writer-in-Residence for the British Art Show 8 in Edinburgh with the artist Catherine Street and plays in the poetry and music band Opul. Williams gives regular poetry readings and workshops, curates poetry events and creates workshops and professional development activities for poets.

About writer's work

I am available to give readings and to run residencies and workshops about poetry writing and poetic forms, cut up (poetry and art) workshops, inspiration workshops, workshops on collaboration (with music, art, film and other forms) and writing from art, nature, dreams, perfume, mythology and other exciting starting points. I have run workshops for festivals, writing groups and student writing conferences. As Writer-in-Residence at the Words Expo at the Mitchell Library I ran a workshop focusing on narrative in poetry and can use this or other starting points to introduce new/young writers to poetry or to help more experienced poets find new ways to explore familiar territory and to restart their creative engines when they feel run down. I can tailor sessions to meet the needs of the writers or curricula and to work collaboratively on projects with other writers and teaching professionals. I was Literary Officer at the Traverse Theatre and have worked on other theatre projects and am happy to explore narrative, character, drama and performance.

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Current events and projects

My first love is poetry, and I am also very interested in how words can play with other forms such as music, art, film and dance, and can re-imagine great stories and myths. I believe that how you present, share and perform your work is important, and I am very happy to work with people to develop those skills. I have run regular poetry writing workshops at the Scottish Poetry Library, as well as poetry discussion groups and translation and criticism workshops. I adore sharing my love of poetry and writing with other folks and helping them tap into their very own ‘origin’ of creativity. I regularly read my work at live events and am in the poetry and music band Opul.

Other work

Published internationally in a number of anthologies and journals including Aesthetica, The Red Wheelbarrow, Cutting Teeth, The Wolf, Poetry Salzburg Review, Poetry Wales, Fulcrum and Stand. Jennifer’s poetry has been translated into Greek, German, Polish, French and Dutch and she has translated poetry from Spanish and Greek.


Local authority where they are based


Local authorities where they can work

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll and Bute, Clackmannanshire, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles), Dumfries and Galloway, Dundee, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, East Renfrewshire, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow, Highland, Inverclyde, Midlothian, Moray, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Orkney, Other1, Perth and Kinross, Renfrewshire, Scottish Borders, Shetland, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian, Other

Age groups

Teens, Adults

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Book cover

After Economy

A new collection exploring the fine line between abundance and apocalypse. Anupa Gardner, cover image ( Shearsman Books

Our Real Red Selves

This volume brings together three poets in one volume to showcase the freshest voices and newest developments in Scottish poetry.

Locust and Marlin

Locust and Marlin considers how, in lives bright and brief as a candle's burn, we tell our stories and locate the places where we live and love.

Condition of Fire

Ovid wrote his famous stories of change just before being banished from the Roman home that he loved, and after travelling throughout Italy, observing its many diverse and vibrant landscapes, probably