Alan Batcher Williamson

Ph.D. Harvard University, 1969 M.A. Harvard University, 1965 B.A. Haverford College, 1964

Alan Batcher Williamson is currently a very well respected English professor at the University of California Davis (UC Davis is located at 1 Shields Avenue Davis, California, 95616). Alan has been an outstanding professor at UC Davis since 1983. Before his career as a professor at UC Davis Alan taught at the University of Virginia, Harvard University, and Brandeis University. His self-proclaimed fields of interest include: “20th Century British and American literature, creative writing, poetry, psychoanalysis, literature of the American West, and Italian literature.” If you would like to contact Alan, he can be reached via e-mail at

Alan is known for his excellent poetry skills. In November of 1998 he read selected poems of his at the Library of Congress in the James Madison Memorial Building. Alan recently read “Small College, All Male, Early 1960’s” from his book Res Publica, among others. This was a rare sight, as Alan usually does not perform in public.

Alan Wiliamson currently has three books for sale on “Eloquence and Mere Life: Essays on the Art of Poetry (Poets on Poetry),” “Eloquence and Mere Life: Essays on the Art of Poetry,” and “Eloquence and Mere Life.”

Honorable Accomplishments:

  • Guggenheim Fellowship, 1992-92
  • Massachusetts Arts Council Individual Grant, 1980
  • National Endowment for the Arts, 1973-74
  • Appointed Briggs-Copeland Lecturer at Harvard

Honorable Publications (selected):

  • The Pattern More Complicated: New and Selected Poems
  • Almost a Girl: Male Writers and Female Identification
  • Res Publica
  • Love and the Soul
  • Eloquence and Mere Life: Essays on the Art of Poetry
  • Introspection and Contemporary Poetry
  • Pity the Monsters: The Political Vision of Robert Lowell

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