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A pathic sky and moon (pencil and charcoal, 20220517) Stephen J. Williams
A pathic sky and moon (pencil and charcoal, 20220517) Stephen J. Williams

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A palm at the end of the mind [photograph, 2011] Stephen J. Williams
A palm at the end of the mind [photograph, 2011] Stephen J. Williams

About Steve

Stephen J. Williams is a widely published writer, artist, and retired communications consultant who lives in St Kilda (Victoria, Australia). Stephen has published writing and images in literary magazines and newspapers. He has been the recipient of the Fellowship of Australian Writers’ Anne Elder Award and John Shaw Neilson Award for Poetry (1989), the Association for Australian Literature’s Mary Gilmore Prize, and the University of Melbourne’s John Masefield Prize.

In the 1980s, at Meanjin, a literary magazine founded by Clem Christesen in the 1940s, Stephen worked with the editor Jim Davidson—typing letters, sorting envelopes into postcode order, making tea, and playing Scrabble with A. A. Phillips (who coined the much-quoted phrase ‘cultural cringe’).

Much of Stephen’s writing in the 1980s and 1990s was published by the editor Barrett Reid ( »» 2 MB PDF). Stephen worked as an editor with Barrett at the Heide farmhouse in Heidelberg (well before it was turned into a gift shop and while there were still possums living in the ceiling).

Stephen J. Williams (detail, acrylic on canvas, 2000) Margaret Gold
Stephen J. Williams (detail, acrylic on canvas, 2000) Margaret Gold

In recent years Stephen’s artistic practice has sought to combine writing with visual arts, especially drawing. (He’s a fan of Peter Booth, Diane ArbusMichaël Borremans, and Wallace Stevens, Judith Wright, Herman Melville — and many others.)

Currently, he publishes unfurl for the benefit of writers and artists (and all mankind).

Stephen has worked as a book designer, radio producer, and copywriter; and as a consultant, writer, publicist, and editor for

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