John Sibley Williams

What is your writing process like?

I usually start with a single haunting image written at the top of a page. Be it a dead horse bloated by a river, my young daughter tearing up the paper swans I made for her, or the implication of what once hung from a tree that now wears a tire swing. Then I try to weave a world in which that image makes sense. I have multiple notebooks filed with individual lines, words, images without context, and I tend to flip through these while writing to see if any previous little inspirations might tie into the new world I’m creating.

Read the full interview with John Sibley Williams in The Blue Mountain Review, July 2022