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Locust and Marlin
by JL Williams
Paperback, 80pp, 8.5x5.5ins.
Locust and Marlin considers how, in lives bright and brief as a candle's burn, we tell our stories and locate the places where we live and love. Where is the origin, our point in space from which we view the world? How much control do we have over who we are and what impact we have on the territory we inhabit? In a world whose boundaries and pathways are increasingly difficult to define, how do we find our way home?
JL Williams was born in New Jersey, studied at Wellesley College and received a distinction on the MLitt in Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow. She has been published in journals including Poetry Wales, The Wolf, Edinburgh Review, Fulcrum and Stand. Her poetry has been translated into Greek, French and Dutch and she has translated poetry from Spanish and Greek.
Her poems have been featured in the New Writing Scotland 30 anthology and in the Scottish Poetry Library's Best Scottish Poems 2011 anthology. She was awarded a grant from the Scottish Arts Council for a poetry collaboration entitled chiaroscuro pentimenti with composer Martin Parker and artist Anna Chapman and the Edwin Morgan Travel Bursary from the Scottish Arts Trust.
JL Williams plays in the band Opul and is Programme Manager at the Scottish Poetry Library.
Her website is here: http://jlwilliamspoetry.co.uk