School of the Arts Faculty
Senior Writer-In-Residence (2007)
B.A. Hampshire College, M.F.A. Indiana University, Ph.D. Indiana University
William Orem writes in multiple genres. His stories and poems have been published in over 100 journals, including in The Princeton Arts Review, Alaska Quarterly Review and The New Formalist, and have twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His first collection of stories, Zombi, You My Love, won the GLCA New Writers Award, previously given to Louise Erdrich, Sherman Alexie, Richard Ford and Alice Munro. His second collection, Across the River, won the Clay Reynolds Novella Prize. His historical novel Killer of Crying Deer was published in September of 2010. Meanwhile his first collection of poems, Our Purpose in Speaking, has been honored three times as a finalist in national competitions including, most recently, the Neruda Prize.
Orem's play The Seabirds won the Manduzmar New Plays Award at Alleyway Theatre in Buffalo. Other plays of his have been performed in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, San Diego, Louisville and Boston, with a staged reading at Urban Stages in Manhattan. He has twice been nominated for the Heideman Award at Actors Theater of Louisville, and his plays have been published in BTM, Conclave and The Best 10-Minute Plays 2009. Locally, his work has been in the Boston Theater Marathon for the past three summers running.
Orem also works as a popular science journalist. He currently writes a blog for the Foundational Questions Institute, an MIT-based organization that funds research into mind-bending physics and cosmology.