In 2009 internationally acclaimed novelist and critic Eric Miles Williamson was named by France’s Transfuge magazine one of the “douze grands écrivains du monde”—one of the twelve great authors of the world.
His first novel, East Bay Grease, was a PEN/Hemingway finalist and listed by the Los Angeles Times Book Review as one of the “Best Books of 1999,” and its sequel, Welcome to Oakland, was named the second-best novel of 2009 and one of the top 40 novels of the decade by The Huffington Post. His novel, Two-Up was named one of the top 100 books of the 2006 by both The Kansas City Star and The San Jose Mercury News. His novels have been published in Great Britain, Germany, France, and Finland. The Atlantic Monthly said his first book of criticism, Oakland, Jack London, and Me was “One of the least politically correct texts of our time, and Kirkus said his second book of criticism, Say It Hot: Essays on American Writers Living, Dying, and Dead is “unhinged.”
Recipient of grants from the NEA and the Isherwood Foundation, winner of Virgin Megastore’s Prix du Roman Lire, winner of Le Prix de Litterature Policiere, and winner of the 2011 PEN/Oakland Award for Fiction for his short story collection, 14 Fictional Positions, Williamson is Senior Editor of Boulevard, Fiction Editor of Texas Review, and Associate Editor of American Book Review. He has edited Gulf Coast, Pleiades and Chelsea, and he has been elected to four terms on the Board of Directors of the National Book Critics Circle, serving as Vice President and chairing the Poetry and Criticism committees.