Award Winning Poet

Lorraine Walker Williams

About the Author

Lorraine Walker Williams

Lorraine Walker Williams was twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She received First Place Awards in Poetry from the National League of American Pen Women and read and recorded her work in the Library of Congress. She received the Literary Artist of the Year Award from the Alliance for the Arts, Fort Myers, Florida. Her work is in Poet’s House, New York City. Lorraine is the recipient of two Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Grants in poetry. One of her poems was selected for the International Museum of Women’s website. Gulf Coast Writers and FGCU Sanibel Writers Conference have awarded her First Place in their poetry contests. Five books of her poetry have been published: Simply Sanibel Poems, Split Poems, Fire in the Grass, Paradise Found and Near Water. Her poems are published in numerous journals. Lorraine is the creator of the collaborative ArtPoems Project (2007-Present). She was the author of a weekly column, Poetry Place, for the Santiva Chronicle, an online newspaper, from 2014 to 2018. Lorraine lives in Fort Myers, Florida and Pasadena, California. She has chaired and coordinated writing groups in both Florida and New Jersey and presents workshops on poetry.

Recent Awards:

National League of American Pen Women National Conference, April 2022, 3rd Place Award for Lorraine's Sonnet Diptych, The One with Violets in Her Lap/The One with Violence in Her Lap.

2021 Florida State Biennial Conference National League of American Pen Women. Second Place Award free verse: The Telling

Lorraine has received a First Place Award from the 2021 Dancing Poetry Contest, San Francisco, CA for her poem, The Diva of Disaster and a Third Place Award for Letter to Domestic Terrorists.

First Place Award by Artists Embassy International, San Francisco for her poem, "Virtual."

Florida State Biennial Conference National League of American Pen Women, November 2019

First Place Traditional Verse: Woman in Black

Second Place Free Verse: Unraveling

Grand Prize Award, Artist Embassy International 2018, for Two Braids: A Sestina

Third Place Award,  Artist Embassy International 2018, for ArtPoem: Barns

National League of American Pen Women Biennial Convention  First Place Award Poetry: From My Window, April 24, 2014