Helen May Williams is a poet and author, formerly of the University of Warwick. Using her professional name, Helen May Dennis, she has published on Elizabeth Bishop, H.D., Ezra Pound, Sylvia Plath and Adrienne Rich, most recently in Selected Poems from Modernism to Now, 2012. She has also published on prose writers such as Willa Cather, Cormac McCarthy, Toni Morrison and several Native American novelists, including in Native American Literature: towards a spatialized reading (Routledge 2007.) She founded the Contemporary Poetry Archive at Warwick in 1980 (interviewing poets such as Thomas A. Clark, Tom Pickard, George Evans, Roy Fisher, Lee Harwood, Peter Riley and John Wilkinson) and was a founder member of the Warwick Writing Programme Advisory Board. Her poetry has been published in numerous small press publications, including Hearing Voices, Horizon, Raw Edge, Roundyhouse, The Poetaster, I Am Not a Silent Poet, Ink, Sweat and Tears, Allegro, Avocado, Haiku Journal, Envoi, the collections, Bluebeard’s Wives (Heaventree Press 2007), Slim Volume: This Body I Live In (Pankhearst Press 2015), Three Drops from a Cauldron: Samhain 2015 (Three Drops Press 2015) and Three Drops from a Cauldron: Samhain 2017 (Three Drops Press 2017). In three successive years (2015-2017) she has had a poem receive a special commendation in the International Welsh Poetry Competition: namely ‘Vix Princess,’ ‘War Artist,’ and ‘Bluebeard.’ Her haiku, ‘every step we take’ was commended in The Iafor Vladimir Devidé Haiku Award 2016. Her poetry book, The Princess of Vix, is published by Three Drops Press (2017).
During 2015 she wrote at least one haiku a day. An edited version of these haiku is published by Cinnamon Press, under the title of Catstrawe.
She founded the Poetry Society’s Carmarthen-based Stanza group and is an active member of PENfro Poets. She offers Poetry Surgeries through The Poetry Society and is a Cinnamon Press mentor.
During the lockdowns of 2020 she was a telephone befriender. She befriended a vulnerable adult who was order to shield. To protect her identity we called her ‘Siân Kane’. Siân hoped that the sequence of poems, which was based closely on her words and published in Hold the LIne, might help other women to find the courage to leave an abusive relationship.
Signed copies of her books are available at no additional cost direct from the author.
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