JULIE WILLIAMS is the author of the young adult novel-in-poems, ESCAPING TORNADO SEASON. Her poetry has been published in many small press journals and nominated for a Pushcart prize. Julie has worked as an actor, secretary, counselor, seamstress, administrator, teacher, and grant writer. She’s worked in theatre companies, hospitals, universities, and even for a Hollywood caterer. For the past five years whenever she’s not writing, you’ll find her in her studio up to her ears in paint, glue, markers, fabric, paper, old photographs, beads, sticks, driftwood, stones, vintage books and lace and hardware – all used to create mixed media assemblage and collage. Julie has been actively involved with SCBWI since 1988, serving the Los Angeles region as a conference coordinator, KITE TALES designer, and for three years as co-regional advisor.
Julie attended Bemidji State University (Minnesota), the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and Southern Illinois University-Carbondale (graduating with an MFA in Acting and Directing). For 20 years she was an adjunct professor at California State University, Northridge teaching for the Communication Studies and Theatre Departments and retiring in 2003 as Assistant Director of CSUN’s Educational Opportunity Program. In 2006 she and her husband moved back to Minnesota, where she is enjoying the four seasons and the vibrant writing and artistic communities of the Twin Cities.
Escaping Tornadoo Season, A Story in Poems
Awards & Honors:
Finalist, Southern California Independent Booksellers Association Award, 2005
NYSRA Charlotte Award Committee 2006 YA Reading List