Donald Mace Williams lives in Canyon, Texas. A former newspaper writer and editor, he is the author of two nonfiction books: Italian POWs and a Texas Church: The Murals of St. Mary’s and Timberline, U.S.A.: High-Country Encounters from California to Maine . In addition, Williams has had poems published in Barrow Street, Iron Horse Literary Review, Western Humanities Review, South Dakota Review, Westview, Concho River Review, and other magazines.
He taught journalism in three universities and then returned to newspaper work. His last newspaper job was as writing coach, weekly columnist, and occasional feature writer for The Wichita Eagle. He had also been, among other things, executive editor of the Pine Bluff (Arkansas) Commercial, city editor of the Amarillo Globe-News, assistant city editor of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and a special writer for Newsday (Long Island).
A lover of the outdoors, Williams hikes frequently in Palo Duro Canyon, near his house, and also skis, casts flies for trout, and hikes in the Rocky Mountains of New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah. He studied singing for many years, sang solo parts in oratorio and musical comedy, and gave recitals of lieder and art songs at several colleges and universities. He is fairly fluent in German, has some knowledge of Spanish and French, can read a little Italian, and has tried off and on for ten years to teach himself the rudiments of Latin.