The novelist, essayist and poet John A. Williams became my hero. He never gave up. He was a literary warrior in every sense, setting an example few have the wherewithal to follow but all artists might learn something from. On page 406 of River Bend Chronicle, I briefly allude to our first meeting in New York City in 1987.

Today is good day to pick up THE MAN WHO CRIED I AM or any other book by Mr. Williams and discover anew what makes his work so enduring and so special.

The New York Times featured this obituary:


To the books cited there, add the late fiction masterpiece, Clifford’s Blues, and also an award-winning book of poetry, Safari West.