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About the Author


Mark Van Aken Williams grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio. His maternal grandfather, William J. Van Aken, was the mayor of Shaker Heights for four decades. His paternal grandfather was Clyde E. Williams, the second director of Battelle. Innovation, education, and travel provided a firm foundation.

Williams received a Master of Education and a Bachelor of Arts from Cleveland State University. He attended Hawken School.

Williams has enjoyed traveling throughout the world: including salmon fishing in Alaska, visiting Mayan ruins in the Yucatan Peninsula, deep sea fishing in Costa Rica and attending an International Rainforest Workshop on the Amazon River in Peru.

When not traveling or writing, Williams enjoys cooking for friends and family and following soccer (especially British), as well as baseball and football. His favorite sport is deep sea fishing.

In September 2012, Williams released The Burlesque of Graceless Acting, a novella that features a discussion between a poet and confidant.

Williams is also the author of The Prophet of Sorrow, a finalist (historical fiction category) in the following awards: 2010 Book of the Year Awards (Foreword); 2010 International Book Awards; National Best Books 2010 Awards.

He is also the author of three collections of poetry: Alive as the Grave, Circus by Moonlight: Poems 1997-2007 and A Season of Industry (2012).












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