Joe Williams is an award-winning writer and performing poet from Leeds. He tells tales of lost love, people in pubs, and how not to dispose of the bodies of family members, with the occasional moment of crushing heartbreak just to keep you on your toes. His debut poetry pamphlet, Killing the Piano, was published by Half Moon Books in September 2017.
His poems have been included in anthologies published by Otley Word Feast Press, Stairwell Books, Picaroon Poetry and Beautiful Dragons Collaborations, in magazines such as Dream Catcher, The Poet’s Republic, Northern Correspondent and Soapbox, and on poetry websites including Picaroon Poetry, Algebra of Owls and Spilling Cocoa Over Martin Amis. His work has appeared on the Guardian’s website and was awarded third place in the 2016 Sheffield Communities Live poetry competition, judged by Ian McMillan.
He performs regularly at events around Yorkshire and beyond, and comperes at poetry and open mic nights. He has appeared at several major literature festivals, winning the prestigious Open Mic Competition at Ilkley Literature Festival in 2017. He was awarded 2nd place in the Sheffield Sharrow Festival Poetry Slam in both 2016 and 2017, and commended in the Poetry at the Parsonage Slam 2016.