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Stanley Miller Williams, April 8, 1930~January 1, 2015

Williams 2Stanley Miller Williams, 84, of Fayetteville passed away on January 1, 2015 in Fayetteville  due to Alzheimer’s complications.  Born April 8, 1930, Williams, an internationally celebrated poet, authored more than 30 books and served as the second inaugural poet for President Clinton.  As an educator, he inspired hundreds of young writers.

Williams is survived by his wife, Jordan; three children, Lucinda, Karyn and Robert.

A memorial service will be held in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Miller Williams Poetry Series, University of Arkansas Press, McIlroy House 105 N. McIlroy Ave., Fayetteville, AR. 72701 or the Harrison/Whitehead Endowment Fayetteville Community Foundation, P.O. Box 997, Fayetteville, AR. 72702 are appreciated.

Cremation arrangements by Beard’s Funeral Chapel and Crematory of Fayetteville.

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    Name » 05. Jan, 2015

    I knew Miller and his family from 1968 at Bread Loaf, on through more than 40 years. He was one of the first editors to publish my work and remained steadfast as a mentor, teacher, and friend. I cannot add much to what others have said, but he was the “real thing” in so many ways I can’t number.

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    Colin Linden » 08. Jan, 2015

    My wife, Janice Powers and I would like to send much love to the Williams family. We are longtime friends of Lucinda and Tom, and were fortunate enough to meet Mr. Williams when he and Lucinda performed in Nashville a few years back. His brilliance and spirit and love of life were so evident then, and shine so brightly in Lucinda and her work. Our thoughts and prayers are with you…

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    Steve Foster » 10. Jan, 2015

    I met Miller Williams when I was a student. I expressed to him my finding of his poetry and he invited me into his office. He wanted to know about my life, how I came to be a 32 year- old college sophomore. I related my life experiences to him. He made me feel important, that I could accomplish what I had set out to do. A great man who cared for students.