Co-Founder of Black Nerd Problems &
William Evans delivers fierce, open-hearted, courageous, and compassionate truths about this broken world with unyielding beauty and a lyricism that will stop you in your tracks and keep you coming back for more. A talented voice of fire when we need it most.
-Daniel José Older, New York Times bestselling author
The poems confront the necessity of private joys, often overlooked, juxtaposed against the harsh reality of the Black Body as public object.
-Airea D. Matthews, author of Simulacra
William Evans is an author, speaker, & instructor from Columbus, Ohio.
In addition to founding the Writing Wrongs Poetry Slam in Columbus, William is also the co-founder & editor-in chief of Black Nerd Problems, a website focused on pop culture & diversity. He is the author of We Inherit What the Fires Left, forthcoming from Simon & Schuster in Spring 2020. Evans has been an artist in residence for both the Columbus Wexner Center and Columbus City Schools since 2012.
Evans belongs to fellowships from Callaloo & the Watering Hole Poetry. He is the poetry recipient of 2016 Sustainable Arts Foundation Grant & the 2018 Spirit of Columbus Foundation Grant. He is the author of the poetry collection, Still Can’t Do My Daughter’s Hair, released on Button Poetry in October of 2017.
The work of William Evans moves mountains, for me. It is a firm and glorious blueprint on how writers can honor their lineage, and the generations which carried them here, no matter what complications that lineage is fraught with. His imagery is direct and palpable. I have lived in his poems, despite not having touched the same geography he has. I think one of the greatest compliments a writer can receive is that they can turn the reading of their work into a physical act. William Evans does this for me, and for so many of us. The writing forces a mind, and a body, into joyful labor.
-Hanif Abdurraqib, author of They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us