Sherley Anne Williams

1993

Sherley Anne Williams, the fifth author featured in the Contemporary American Authors Lecture Series, visited Marygrove College on April 23, 1993. 

Poet, novelist, cultural critic, and educator, Williams was born August 25, 1944, in Bakersfield, California. She attended Fresno State College, Howard University, and Brown University.

Her writings include Give Birth to Brightness: A Thematic Study in Neo-Black Literature (1972); The Peacock Poems; One Sweet Angel Chile; and Dessa Rose. She is author of Letters from a New
England Negro, a full-length drama produced in 1982.

Williams received the National Book Award Nomination in 1976 for The Peacock Poems. She was a Fulbright lecturer at the University of Ghana in 1984. Dessa Rose was named a notable book in 1986 by the
New York Times.

Williams died in the summer of 1999.

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