Joy Williams is an essayist and writer of literary fiction. Her first novel, State of Grace, was nominated for a National Book Award and her most recent novel, The Quick and the Dead, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Williams is perhaps best known, however, for her short fiction, appearing in collections such as Taking Care, Escapes, Honored Guest, and 99 Stories of God. Her stories and essays—which often contain elements of the gothic and grotesque—are frequently anthologized, and she has received many awards and honors, including the Harold and Mildred Strauss Living award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Rea Award for the Short Story.
Williams’s concern for the natural world is reflected in her works of environmental nonfiction, including a collection of essays titled Ill Nature: Rants and Reflections on Humanity and Other Animals and a guide book about the Florida Keys. She has taught at several public universities including the universities of Iowa, Wyoming, Houston, Florida, and Arizona.
The Misanthropic Genius of Joy Williams | profile | New York Times Magazine
Joy Williams Explains How to Write a Short Story | interview | VICE
Joy Williams, The Art of Fiction No. 223 | interview | The Paris Review
A Mysterious and Unparalleled Vision | interview | Vogue