Friday, April 27, 2012


Here's a link to an article a journalism student at the University of Washington just wrote, about me of all things...

Thursday, January 26, 2012

From Colder Climates on Nook and Kindle

From Colder Climates is now available for for your Kindle! CLICK HERE to read it.

Also available for your Nook! CLICK HERE to read it.

Both versions are only 99 cents!

The Longest Compass now out!

My latest chapbook, The Longest Compass, has just been released from Finishing Line Press!

CLICK HERE for more info or to purchase.

Reveling in the pleasures of language, this work speaks with those "...words born of soul," words that do indeed "belong to neither the object nor the poet." As he evokes a world lit by multiple and masked suns, John Sibley Williams gives us oblique glimpses--objects viewed through the lenses of shadow, halo, dust, and fog. His poetry possesses the lyric power to "...hold together like a mouth/ the hard sea, harder earth,/ and what falls from our hands/ along the way."

- Paulann Petersen
Oregon Poet Laureate

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John Sibley Williams opens his chapbook with a question: "Why fret the vastness of the world?" His answer is no matter where you are, every moment is an experience uniquely your own. It is regardless of whether you're in an Alpine meadows, or on the banks of the Danube, or somewhere in Vienna but what you make of the moment that Williams focuses on. "One bouquet takes the place of success, happiness." This chapbook is very much about living and relishing the moment, wherever that moment happens to be.

- J.P. Dancing Bear
Editor, The American Poetry Journal

Friday, January 13, 2012

Cream City Review

I'm honored to the Cream City Review will be publishing my poem "Older Testaments" in their upcoming Spring 2012 issue!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

From Colder Climates - out now!

I'm excited and honored to have my latest chapbook, From Colder Climates, arrive today, featuring the mysterious and fascinating artwork of Mark S Struzan. There are two versions, the $7 'green' edition and the $12 'signature' edition. Alth...ough both are beautifully done, I'm truly taken aback by the latter version, which incorporates so many different paper types and hand-sewn designs and includes a stark black cover.

Thank you again Folded Word Press and its editor Jessica Sudborough Graustein for publishing it!

Book and ordering info is HERE.

Or you can always get it through me, and I'll include a nifty signed postcard from the book! :)

Monday, December 26, 2011

From Colder Climates now available

CLICK HERE to order:

From Colder Climates
by John Sibley Williams

ISBN 978-1-61019-904-9 (Signature Edition) $12 + shipping
ISBN 978-1-61019-206-4 (Green Edition) $6 + shipping
ISBN 978-1-61019-008-4 (eBook Edition) $0.99

In this poetry collection, John Sibley Williams explores the inner and outer landscapes encountered on a journey to Iceland. As with physical landscapes, surprising perspectives are revealed by each step. Lava and ice, civilization and wilderness, family and solitude–these apparent contradictions collide inside poems which beg to be read aloud, just as their Nordic ancestors were around Iceland’s first man made fires.

Pre-orders are open now at our shop; the pre-order period will end on 7 January 2012. Customers who pre-order print copies will receive a free e-edition of the chapbook. Orders will ship beginning 8 January 2012, in the order in which they were received.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Signature Edition Broadside and Signed Chapbook

This is a limited edition print broadside that features the poem "Winter" from the chapbook FROM COLDER CLIMATES by John Sibley Williams. Only five prints will be made, two of which are available for general sale immediately. Purchase of the broadside will include a Signature Edition of the chapbook. Shipping is included in the price.

CLICK HERE to view and perhaps order!

Friday, October 21, 2011

2011 Pushcart Nomination

I'm honored to hear that Folded Word Press has nominated my work for this year's Pushcart Prize. Special thanks to J.S. Graustein, the Editor-in-Chief!

Click HERE for further information and the list of other nominees!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Sugar House Review

I’m honored to find Sugar House Review has accepted my poem ‘Neglect‘ for their forthcoming issue.

Sugar House Review is an independent, semiannual print poetry journal based out of Salt Lake City, Utah.

Friday, September 30, 2011

The Chaffin Journal

I'm honored to say The Chaffin Journal has accepted my poem "The Voice in the Shell" for publication in their annual literary magazine.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Bryant Literary Review

Wonderful news! I'm honored to hear Bryant Literary Review has accepted two of my new poems for publication in their next issue.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The End of Mythology- new chapbook acceptance

I am honored to say that a joint chapbook, round-robin designed, with Anatoly Molotkov and I's work together, has just been accepted by Virgogray Press for 2012 publication!

Its title is 'The End of Mythology' and features short, distinct poems designed to work together as a conversation.

All our thanks to Michael Aaron Casares, the Press' editor!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

First Wednesday Poetry Reading

Come join us for First Wednesday, a series of readings, performances and wine-tasting, held at the Blackbird Wineshop & Atomic Cheese, 4323 NE Fremont, PDX.

Wednesday, Sept. 7 from 7-9pm.

This month's readers are Verlena Orr, Alissa Nielsen, and John Sibley Williams.

This show is 21 and over.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Autobiography of Fever (chapbook) now out!

I'm honored to announce the release of my new chapbook, Autobiography of Fever. It's Bedouin Books' 2011 Annual Poetry Chapbook.

ISBN: 978-09832987-3-1 / 20pp.


It's available via Bedouin Books, and there are excerpts posted to see if you enjoy what you'll read :)

I hope you pick it up and, more importantly, that it resonates.

Here's the back cover blurb:

‎'John Sibley Williams' poems carry Michael McClure's conversational tone along with H.D.'s explorations in an auto-mythology. we are taken to the poet's place of parallel lines along the path to a city still being constructed at once with doors, bridges, hydrangeas and rhododendrons. the machine in the garden rusts here as the poet pleads, sings and questions for all that is solid to melt into air with the feverish flight of the hummingbird. '

Counterexample Poetics

Thanks to the editors of Counterexample Poetics for publishing a short suite of poems from my book Controlled Hallucinations. CLICK HERE to read it!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Pinch Literary Journal Poetry Contest

I'm honored that my poem "Description of the Sky" has just won 2nd place in The Pinch Literary Journal's annual Poetry Contest. The issue in which the poem appears should be out by September, 2011...

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Talking Earth Reading and Discussion

Chris Ridenour, John Sibley Williams and A. Molotkov on The Talking Earth,
KBOO 90.7 FM
Portland, OR, July 18, 2011

Hosted by Barbara LaMorticella, tech by Patrick Bocarde

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

John Sibley Williams Book Launch and Art Party (5 poets, 2 artists)

When: Thursday, Aug. 25, 6:30pm - (around) Midnight

Where: Oubliette Arthouse, 4705 N. Vancouver Ave, Portland, OR

To celebrate the launch of John Sibley Williams’ latest chapbook from Bedouin Books, Autobiography of Fever, there will be an exciting all night reading and art gathering at Oubliette Arthouse.

Poets A. Molotkov, Carrie Seitzinger, Johnny No Bueno, and Karen Wood Hepner will add their diverse poetic voices in two sets of readings, starting at 8pm and 9:15pm respectively.

This event is also part of the Alberta Art Walk, which this month will feature the incredible talents of local artists Staci M. Cole and Mark Struzan.

Doors open at 6:30pm and will remain open until the close of the Art Walk, so please stop in and experience these diverse poetic and artistic talents. Listen to some poetry, speak with the artists about their work, enjoy the full-stocked bar, and mingle with some of Portland’s finest emerging voices.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Controlled Hallucinations

A short suite from my book Controlled Hallucinations is now available via Small Doggies, a Portland-based literary and arts magazine.

Click HERE to read them!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Two Acceptances

I'm honored that today I received two acceptances for my work!

White Whale Review has accepted my new poem Today's Headlines and MAYDAY has taken two poems, What is Light and The Language of Shadows.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Review of David Tomaloff's chapbook "Exit Strategies"

I recently reviewed David Tomaloff's new chapbook, "Exit Strategies", for Prick of the Spindle. I'd highly suggest reading the chapbook, which is available online for free!

CLICK HERE to read "Exit Strategies".

In this short collection of six conceptually and stylistically linked prose poems, David Tomaloff asks us to set aside our notions of reality in favor of his reimagined world of melting knives, neglectful wolves, revenge-seeking seas, and murderous punctuation marks. It turns out setting aside preconceived reality is easy when guided by the right hand.CLICK HERE to read the full review.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Rumi Prize for Poetry Finalist

I'm honored that my work was a Finalist in Arts & Letter's Rumi Prize for Poetry. My sincere thanks to the editors and judges of this year's contest...

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Spring Edition of Poetry Quarterly is here...and it's FREE

Spring 2011 Edition of Poetry Quarterly is now available both in print and FREE on their website. I'm honored that includes one of my poems.

CLICK HERE to give it a read!

Friday, May 20, 2011


The Knives Forks and Spoons Press interviewed me about process, tropes, and all assorted goodies pertaining to my new chapbook they just released, The Art of Raining.

Just posted it to their blog. Click HERE to give it a read!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The Art of Raining is out now!

My newest chapbook, The Art of Raining, is now available for purchase through The Knives Forks and Spoons Press. Click on the link to order. It's on their home page.

The book is going to print within the week, so hopefully the hard copies will be in my hands soon. It's 5 pounds (it's a UK press) or around $8.

I'd be honored if you'll give it a read!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Art/Words Reading

Object Stories

Portland Art Museum- 1219 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97205

Friday, May 27
6:00 P - 7:00 P

Throughout the Portland Museum galleries, listen to local wordsmiths from the community as they share their stories, poetry, and short fiction in front of art objects that inspired these writings. Participants may include members of Write Around Portland, Literary Arts’ Writers in the Schools, and the Portland State University writing program.

I'll be reading my poem "Sleepless Harbor".

More info: CLICK HERE.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Oregon Poetic Voices

I'm honored to join the Oregon Poetic Voices community...

Here's the link to my page.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Autobiography of Fever to be published in summer 2011

My experiment with longer poems, Autobiography of Fever, has been accepted for late summer 2011 publication by Bedouin Books as part of their annual poetry series.

I'm particularly honored as Bedouin only releases one chapbook each year.

Bedouin is putting together a launch party, perhaps in September. Details to follow...

Friday, April 29, 2011

Barnwood International

I'm honored to find one of my new poems in this issue of Barnwood International, a journal I've enjoyed for years. The poem is part of my nearly-completed book, Controlled Hallucinations.

Click HERE to give it a read!