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John M. Williams retired from full-time teaching (LaGrange College) in 2015, and currently works as a mentor in the Reinhardt University Creative Writing MFA program. He was named Georgia Author of the Year for First Novel in 2003 for Lake Moon (Mercer UP). His and co-author Rheta Grimsley Johnson’s play Hiram: Becoming Hank, about the formative years of singer Hank Williams, just enjoyed a successful run at the Monroeville, Alabama courthouse, opposite To Kill a Mockingbird, in April 2021.

He and songwriter Ken Clark have had several local productions of their three rock’n’roll comedies. John’s most recent publications are Village People: Sketches of Auburn (Solomon and George 2016), and Atlanta Pop in the 50s, 60s, and 70s: The Magic of Bill Lowery, co-authored with Andy Lee White (The History Press 2019). In July 2020, his story “In the Beginning was Kitto” was included in the Australian anthology One Surviving Story. Previous publications can be found on his website at, which hosts his blog, He lives in LaGrange, Georgia.