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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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.
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.