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translator , writer , poet

Miller Williams, American Poet, translator. Member American Civil Liberties Union. Member Modern Language Association, Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association, American Association of University Professors, South Control Modern Language Association, American Literature Translators Association (Vice-President 1978-1979, president 1979-1981), Authors' Guild, Society Benemerito dell'Assn.Centro Romanesco Trilussa (Rome).

Background

Williams, Miller was born on April 8, 1930 in Hoxie, Arkansas, United States. Son of Ernest Burdette and Ann Jeanette (Miller) Williams.

Education

Bachelor of Science, Arkansas State College, 1951. Master of Science, University Arkansas, 1952. Postgraduate, Louisiana State University, 1951.

Postgraduate, University Mississippi, 1957. HHD (honorary), Lander College, 1983. Doctor of Humane Letters, Hendrix College, 1995.

Career

Instructor in English, Louisiana State University, 1962-1963;assistant professor, Louisiana State University, 1964-1966;visiting professor, U. Chile, Santiago, 1963-1964;associate professor, Loyola University, New Orleans, 1966-1970;Fulbright professor, National U. Mexico, Mexico City, 1970;co-director graduate program in creative writing, U. Arkansas, 1970-1984;associate professor, U. Arkansas, 1971-1973;Professor of English and foreign languages, director program in translation, U. Arkansas, 1973-1987;university professor, U. Arkansas, since 1987;director poetry-in-the prisons programs division continuing education, U. Arkansas, 1974-1979;chairman program in comparative literature, U. Arkansas, 1978-1980. Director U. Arkansas Press, 1980-1997, Bank of Elkins, Arkansas since 1988. Fellow American Academy in Rome, since 1976, member of advisory county School Classical Studies, 1985-1991;first United States delegate Pan American Conference University Artists and Writers, Concepcion, Chile, 1964.

Invited delegate International Assembly University Press Dirs., Guadalajara, Mexico, 1991. Member poetry staff Bread Loaf Writers Conference, 1967-1972. Founder, executive director Arkansas Poetry Circuit, 1975.

Participant Association American University Presses Soviet Mission, 1989.

Achievements

  • He produced over 25 books and won several awards for his poetry. His accomplishments were chronicled in Arkansas Biography. Miller received the 1963–64 Amy Lowell Travelling Scholarship, and he won the 1991 Poets' Prize for his collection Living on the Surface.

    Besides their daughter Lucinda Williams, a three-time Grammy Award winning country music, folk, and rock singer, named "America's best songwriter" by TIME magazine in 2002, they had a son, Robert, and another daughter, Karyn, who graduated from the School of Nursing at the University of Arkansas.

Works

Membership

Member American Civil Liberties Union. Member Modern Language Association, Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association, American Association of University Professors, South Control Modern Language Association, American Literature Translators Association (Vice-President 1978-1979, president 1979-1981), Authors' Guild, Society Benemerito dell'Assn.Centro Romanesco Trilussa (Rome).

Connections

Married Lucille Day, December 29, 1951 (divorced). Married Rebecca Jordan Hall, April 11, 1969. Children: Lucinda, Robert, Karyn.

father:
Ernest Burdette Williams

mother:
Ann Jeanette (Miller) Williams

spouses:
Lucille Day

Rebecca Jordan Hall

children:
Lucinda Williams

Robert Williams

Karyn Williams