Ian Williams writes challenging poetry. His poems address the crisis of young, black masculinity in cities, paint starkly urban portraits of life and break open stereotypes. Sly humour laces through this collection, and Williams is adept at playing with language to change meanings in unexpected ways. For him it's easy to turn the word go into gone.
Ian Williams received his Ph. D from the University of Toronto and is currently a Professor at Fitchburg State College. He has held multiple fellowships and residencies and his writing has been included in many journals across Canada and the US. Williams has a short stories forthcoming from Freehand Books in 2011. He divides his time between Ontario and Massachusetts.
"Rather than whimsy, Williams uses humour and play like the best comics to address difficult contemporary issues such as race, relationships or the 21st century. Like all intriguing new voices, he excels at giving you not what you want, but what you need." - Telegraph-Journal
"Williams' hand reaches out from these pages and pulls, pulls, pulls the heart by its truest beat. He drags us to the mirror and makes us look unflinchingly at who we are. And in the end, he allows us to love ourselves." - Poets' Quarterly
"Williams' ability to easily transition between scenes of gloom and pessimism to scenes of hope, makes You Know Who You Are a diverse collection, rooted in authenticity and powerful words." - H Mag