Joe Williams is an award-winning writer and performing poet from Leeds. He tells tales about lost love, people in pubs, and the best ways to insult footballers in Spanish. His debut poetry pamphlet, Killing the Piano, was published by Half Moon Books in September 2017, followed in November 2018 by the verse novella An Otley Run, which was shortlisted for Best Novella in the 2019 Saboteur Awards.
His poems and short stories have been included in anthologies published by Smokestack Books, Paper Swans Press, Otley Word Feast Press, Indigo Dreams, Stairwell Books, Yaffle Press, Picaroon Poetry and Beautiful Dragons Collaborations, in magazines such as Prole, Strix, Dream Catcher, The Poet’s Republic and Sarasvati, and on poetry websites including Picaroon Poetry, Riggwelter, Algebra of Owls and I Am Not a Silent Poet. His work has appeared on the Guardian’s website and was awarded third place in the 2016 Sheffield Communities Live poetry competition, judged by Ian McMillan.
He performs regularly around Yorkshire and beyond, and is an experienced compere of poetry and music events. He has appeared at several major literature festivals. He won the Open Mic Competition at Ilkley Literature Festival in 2017, and was runner-up the following year. He was awarded 2nd place in the Sheffield Sharrow Festival Poetry Slam in both 2016 and 2017, 3rd place in the Northern Short Story Festival Flash Fiction Slam in 2018, and was commended in the Poetry at the Parsonage Slam 2016.