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

Williams is also a prize-winning poet and the author of five books of poetry. My Heavens, his latest poetry collection, won the 2020 FutureCycle Press Poetry Book Prize. His new book, Mel Bay’s Book of the Dead, published by San Antonio Review Press, is his first collection of short stories. He lives in Austin, Texas.