William Orem

Senior Writer-in-Residence

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 he has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize in fiction, poetry, and essay.  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 won the Eric Hoffer Award, and has been optioned for film. His first collection of poems, Our Purpose in Speaking, just won the Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Award and will be published in 2018 by MSU Press.

Meanwhile, his short plays have been performed both around the country and internationally, being three times nominated for the prestigious Heideman Award at Actors Theater of Louisville, and published in such journals as Poetry and Plays, Conclave, and The Best 10-Minute Plays. Locally, his work has been in the Boston Theater Marathon five times, and his award-winning full-length play The Seabirds was staged by Argos Productions in 2013.

Orem also works on occasion as a popular science journalist. He currently blogs for the Foundational Questions Institute, an MIT-based organization that funds research into mind-bending physics and cosmology. 

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  • Writing Literature & Publishing
    Since 2007


B.A., Hampshire College
M.F.A., Indiana University
Ph.D., Indiana University


Zombi, You My Love


Across the River


Killer of Crying Deer


Our Purpose in Speaking


Creative Works

The Seabirds (stage play)


Bondservant (one act play)


Awards & Honors

GLCA New Writers Award (for Zombi, You My Love)


Clay Reynolds Novella Prize (for Across the River)


Eric Hoffer Award (for Killer of Crying Deer)


Critics' Choice Prize and Audience Favorite Award, Durango PlayFest (for Bondservant)


Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Award (for Our Purpose in Speaking)