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Born and raised in musically renowned Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Harold Whit Williams is guitarist for the critically acclaimed rock band Cotton Mather. A session musician for numerous Austin artists over the years, his lo-fi studio projects DAILY WORKER, and the ambient home-recorded The French Riot, now have hours of music available online for download or streaming. A longtime UT Austin Libraries employee, Williams catalogs archived KUT music and writes a quarterly music review (Whit’s Picks) for TexLibris.

Williams is also a 2018 Pushcart Prize nominee, recipient of the 2014 Mississippi Review Poetry Prize, as well as being author of four books of poetry. His collection, Backmasking, was winner of the 2013 Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize from Texas Review Press, and his latest, Red Clay Journal, is now available from FutureCycle Press. He lives in Austin, Texas.


Harold Whit Williams’ poetry prizes include the Mississippi Review Poetry Prize, the Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize from Texas Review Press, as well as being a featured poet in the 2014 University of North Texas Kraken Reading Series. He is a 2018 Pushcart Prize nominee, and his poems have appeared in numerous literary journals.

His latest collection, Red Clay Journal, is available from FutureCycle Press.

PURCHASE: Lost in the Telling     Backmasking     Waiting For The Fire To Go Out


Barely South Review


boneparade and also here

Boxcar Poetry Review

Cold Mountain Review

Concho River Review

Cumberland River Review

Dead Mule School of Southern Literature

Deep South Magazine and also here


Gnarled Oak

Hunger Mountain

Josephine Quarterly


Mississippi Review

The Monarch Review

Nashville Review

Oklahoma Review

Painted Bride Quarterly

Tower Journal

Tulane Review

Zero Ducats

wise ass


(alongside acclaimed poet Andrew Hudgins and grit-lit heavyweight Joe R. Lansdale!)




KENTUCKY REVIEW – 2015 edition



Daily Worker / Peacenik

Daily Worker / The Never Ending

Daily Worker / Full English


Daily Worker / My Blank Pages


The French Riot / Lowdown


The French Riot / Water on the Floor


Cotton Mather / California

Cotton Mather / KUT Live 2012

Cotton Mather / Eleanor Plunge – Live @ UT Music Archives