Born and raised in musically renowned Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Harold Whit Williams is guitarist for the critically acclaimed rock band Cotton Mather. A seasoned session musician for numerous Austin artists, his solo project, The French Riot, comprises over 2 decades of lo-fi ambient/electronic home recordings.

He 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. Williams lives in Austin, Texas.