Welcome. I'm Lois Williams, a writer and editor. My work explores natural and built environments and our responses to them. I'm also very happy to announce that my debut poetry pamphlet Like Other Animals, from HappenStance, was recently launched at Poetry in Aldeburgh.
Poetry Outside began in 2014 as an outreach project, and it continues to provide poetry workshops for writing groups and community organisations. At the beginning, outside meant outdoors — going outside and discovering our surroundings. Writing in the field and the street. But outside can also be the peripherality a person experiences, and writing from there — from that sense of being on the outside looking in, or on the outside looking further out — can bring us new ways of seeing where and how we live. Poetry Outside teaches each of these approaches to writing about places. Click here to find out more.
I also collaborate with visual artists and other writers who share an interest in places and habitats. If you'd like to work together on a project, or if you need a good writer to help you apply for funding, please get in touch via the Contact page.
Awards and publications: My writing appears in magazines and journals in the UK, Canada and the US, and includes pieces in Verse Daily, Cave Wall, 5AM, Fourth River, New England Review, The Rotary Dial, Antiphon, Mslexia and Granta. My poetry and nonfiction have been recognised with residencies from the Charles Pick Fellowship and Vermont Studio Center. 'The House of Provisions' was honoured with a notable essay listing from Best American Essays in 2009 and my manuscript Night Air won the 2012 Editor’s Prize from Seven Kitchens Press. In 2014 I was artist-in-residence at Frontier Zone Wisbech, where I created A Swan At The Door, a poetry-and-interview experiment documenting some of the town’s public spaces. My work has been broadcast on Public Radio in the US and I've read at many poetry events there and in Britain.
Commissions and collaborations: My work has been supported or curated by City of Asylum Pittsburgh's Writers in the Gardens Series, Silver Eye Center For Photography, Carnegie Museums, SPACE Gallery, Words & Women Norwich and the Norwich Chelsea Fringe Festival, Aid & Abet – Cambridge, The Wisbech & Fenland Museum, St Peter's Lodge Wisbech, Suffolk Poetry Society, the Heritage Lottery Fund's Breckland Landscape Partnership and Arts Council England.
Heartfelt thanks to my editors, readers, students and teachers for their support over many years.