Hart Williams grew up in Cheyenne and Laramie, Wyoming, and Santa Fe, New
Mexico. He attended Texas Christian University on a National Merit Scholarship.
After three years, and having debated and majored in physics and philosophy,
he moved to Hollywood, California, where he set out to "become a writer"
in 1976. He was virtually alone in his opinion as to the feasibility of
this last proposition.
Since then, he has written book reviews for: Delap's F&SF Review, The Los
Angeles Times, The Los Angeles Herald Examiner (RIP), Mankind Magazine (history),
The Eugene Register-Guard and The Orange County Register.
Since 1989, he has been a contributing reviewer for the Kansas City Star.
He writes for The Washington Post Book World (from 1994) and the Santa Fe
Sun (from 1990), currently.
He has seen over 32 screen- and teleplays produced, written extensively
for radio and cassette presentations, and had two mystery novels published
by Berkley/Jove. Williams has written for A&M Records, UCLA, and many other
commercial clients, and is currently completing a novel about cowboys. He
has held in excess of 20 editorial positions, from assistant to managing
The wages of writing being what they are, Williams has worked at an eclectically
bewildering variety of positions, from the requisite cab driver to: finisher
and crane operator at a steel mill; carpenter, gypsy contractor, maintenance,
Renaissance Faires, bouncer, legal secretary, trust department clerk, typist,
typesetter (from 1978) and word-processor. He has worked on films and videos
as a grip, a gaffer, in set design, as a production assistant, transportation
captain, etc. He has played football and eightball for money, although he
is not particularly proud of the fact.
Currently residing in the Pacific Northwest, Mr. Williams emcees open mikes,
and gigs professionally, playing his beloved black Ibanez and singing mostly
original compositions. He is also an accomplished graphic and fine artist,
having designed record album covers, brochures and posters, and he has mounted
gallery showings of his watercolors, enamels and acrylics.
A person of varied talents, Mr. Williams has virtually no skills whatsoever
in business or finance, which many have found comforting. He is utterly
incapable of appreciating or composing poetry, which, again, is a comfort.
False modesty prevents him from tooting his horn further.
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