Naomi J. Williams is the author of Landfalls (FSG 2015), long-listed for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Award. Her short fiction has appeared in journals such as Zoetrope: All-Story, A Public Space, One Story, The Southern Review, and The Gettysburg Review. Her distinctions include a Pushcart Prize, Best American Short Stories Honorable Mention, Sustainable Arts Foundation grant, and residencies at Hedgebrook, Djerassi, and Willapa Bay AiR.
Naomi was born in Japan and spoke no English until she was six years old. Educated at Princeton, Stanford, and UC Davis, today she makes her home in Sacramento, California. She has taught creative writing at UC Davis, Sacramento City College, and the low-residency MFA program at Ashland University in Ohio.
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