Artist Bio 

Cole W. Williams is the author of Hear the River Dammed: Poems from the Edge of the Mississippi (Beaver’s Pond Press, 2017) as well as several books for children. Her poems have appeared in various journals, as well as in a number of anthologies. Williams is a graduate from the MFA program at Augsburg University in Minneapolis.

Author Engagements 

Volunteer for The Women's Prison Book Project, MN Poetry Out Loud, Bright Light Stories in the Night annual event, East Freedom Library's Banned Book Event.

Friends of the Mississippi River 2021 Gala Featured Story

Honorable mention from the International Human Rights Art Festival

Creator of Nutshells Writing Collective, Poetry for Healthcare website

Augsburg University MFA in Creative Writing 2019-2021

Copper Canyon Press Internship Fall 2021-December, 2021

Belwin Bison 50th Celebration Poetry Reading Summer 2021

Reviewer MN State Arts Board Individual grants 2021 cycle

Reviewer for the MIPA Awards; 2020, 2021, 2022

The Loft Literary Center teacher Summer 2020 in creative nonfiction

Coffee House Press Internship Spring 2020

Howling Bird Press Volunteer Reading Manuscripts

Bakken Museum guest author readings and presentation

Contributor for Creatopia Magazine

Poetry and book club teacher, Creators Space summer 2018, Writing Ambassador position summer 2018 

Taught Write and Stay Writing and Exploring Poetry at WOW Writing Conference September 2018

Taught Working with a Publicist at Rosemount Literary Festival, 2018.

Five books published in children's fiction, children's nonfiction and poetry.

Recipient of multiple book awards including two Nautilus Awards

Member of LOMP: League of Minnesota Poets

Member of WOW: Women of Words

Member of The Loft Literary Center

NaNoWriMo 2017

Attended Iowa Writing Festival 2018 with Jude Nutter

HEP Annual Meeting Keynote speaker

FOP2 guest speaker

Err Artists event at Honey, Mpls live poetry reading

Water & Environmental Advocacy Engagements

Cottage Grove Elected Parks Commissioner 2021 

Board Member South Washington Watershed District Elected 2021-present

Board member, FOP2 Friends of Pool2 2017-2018

Member of the Citizens Advisory Committee for South Washington Watershed District

Minnesota Water Steward graduate from the 2017-2018 program, ongoing

Recipient of multiple grants including Clean Water Fund, Washington County Conservation District, South Washington Watershed District with MWS program

Installation of a plug prairie (5,500 sq. ft.) shoreline buffer along the Mississippi River 

Installation of a broad seed prairie (quarter acres) along Mississippi River

Community organizer of Mississippi River clean-ups including coordinating sponsorship through TerraCycle and Bridgestone

Aquatic Invasive Species certified detector

Wrote and secured a 1Mississippi grant for FOP2 and organized the 2018 annual Reach the River meeting and Letter Writing Party for members

FMR Friends of the Mississippi River avid volunteer 

LPLA Lake Pepin Legacy Alliance Member

FOP2 supporter 

HEP, Hastings Environmental Protectors member

Organized Night for the River in St. Louis with Dean Klinkenberg and the Missouri Coalition for the Environment

Avid volunteer for Great River Greening, The Xerxes Society, Mississippi Park Connection and more