Naomi J. Williams, Ashland MFA fiction faculty

Naomi J. Williams

Bio

Naomi J. Williams is the author of Landfalls (FSG 2015), long-listed for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Award. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous literary journals, including Zoetrope: All-StoryA Public Space, One Story, The Southern Review, and The Gettysburg Review. A five-time Pushcart Prize nominee and one-time winner, Naomi has an MA in Creative Writing from UC Davis.

Williams was born in Japan and spoke no English until she was six years old. Today she lives in Davis, California, where she teaches creative writing and serves as co-director of the literary series Stories on Stage Davis. New writing projects include a collection of retellings of Japanese ghost stories and a novel about the early 20th-century Japanese poet Yosano Akiko.

Education

MA in Creative Writing, UC Davis