Ian Williams is the author of six books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. His novel, Reproduction, won the Scotiabank Giller Prize and was published in Canada, the US, the UK, and Italy. His recent poetry collection, Word Problems, considers the ethical and political issues of our time as math and grammar problems. It won the Raymond Souster Award. Personals was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize and the Robert Kroetsch Poetry Book Award. His short story collection, Not Anyone’s Anything, won the Danuta Gleed Literary Award for the best first collection of short fiction in Canada. His first book, You Know Who You Are, was a finalist for the ReLit Poetry Prize. He is a trustee for the Griffin Poetry Prize.
In fall 2021, his latest book, Disorientation: The Experience of Being Black in the World, will be published by Random House and Europa.
Williams completed his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto. After several years teaching poetry in the School of Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia, Williams returned to the University of Toronto as a tenured professor of English. He was the 2014-2015 Canadian Writer-in-Residence for the University of Calgary’s Distinguished Writers Program.
In 2022, he will be the Visiting Fellow at the American Library in Paris.