SPARK Crystal Williams is the author of four collections of poems â€“ most recently Detroit as Barn, finalist for the National Poetry Series, the Cleveland State Open Book Prize, and the Maine Book Award. Her third collection, Troubled Tongues, was awarded the 2009 Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the 2009 Oregon Book Award. Widely anthologized, her poems also appear in journals and publications such as The American Poetry Review, Tin House, Northwest Review, 5AM, The Sun, Ms. Magazine, Indiana Review, Court Green and Callaloo, among others. Raised in Detroit, Michigan, and Madrid, Spain, Crystal Williams holds degrees from New York University and Cornell University and has received numerous fellowships, grants and honors, including a 2010 appointment as the Mary Rogers Field Distinguished University Professor of Creative Writing at DePauw University and a 2012 appointment to the Oregon Arts Commission by Governor John Kitzhaber. Crystal 12 Williams served on the faculty of Reed College for eleven years before being appointed Reed's inaugural Dean for Institutional Diversity. She is Associate Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer and Professor of English at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.
FLAME: Elizabeth Alexander SPARK: Crystal Williams ARTIST: Nadia Alexis