William Hart



A poet and fiction writer from Kansas who now lives in Los Angeles.  During college and after he worked in several states at a wide variety of labor jobs: house painter, ditch digger, ranch handyman, aircraft burrer, welder, sheet metal worker, and metal shop supervisor.  He then earned a doctorate in English from the University of Southern California and taught college writing courses in Los Angeles.  Now he writes full time: novels, stories, and poetry collections.  He also writes and helps produce the feature documentary films of his wife--director/producer Jayasri Majumdar of Kolkata, India.

Hart's stories and poems have appeared in several hundred literary journals, commercial magazines, newspapers and anthologies, including California Quarterly, Chiron Review, Cicada, Commonweal, The Daily Yomiuri (Tokyo), Florida Review, The Honolulu Advertiser, Mainichi Daily News (Tokyo), Pittsburgh Quarterly, Potomac Review, Quixote, and Stand in England.  He's published nine poetry collections, two of which won national awards.  His first novel Never Fade Away (2002) received excellent reviews and is used increasingly as a college text. Two feature documentaries from Hartfilms have played on PBS: "Roots in the Sand" and "Sisters of Selma."

Hart was keynote speaker at the 2004 New York State TESOL Conference and the 2004 Ohio TESOL Annual Conference--and has presented often elsewhere. He looks for opportunities to read, speak, sign books, or engage with college classes.

    To inquire, contact him through his email address below.

October 14, 2012
Featured Reader for Haiku San Diego
September 11, 2012
Attend "Sisters of Selma" screening in the Smithsonian's Baird Auditorium, Washington, DC.
October 14-16, 2010
Screen trailer for "Forest Builders," a new feature documentary from Hartfilms, at the 8th Regional Longleaf Conference in Columbia, SC
June, 2010
Home to Ballygunge: Kolkata Tanka published by Modern English Tanka Press in Baltimore 
April 17, 2010
Featured Reader for the Southern California Haiku Study Group. Pacific-Asia Museum, Pasadena.
June 18, 2009
Guest Poet at Ruthie Buell's Poetry Plus Group in West L.A.
March 30- April 1, 2009
Meet with students and faculty at the University of Toledo's College of Education to discuss Never Fade Away.
June 21, 2008
Attend Southeast EMMY Awards in Atlanta, where "Sisters of Selma" was nominated for Best Documentary and for Best Music Composition/Arrangement
October 30, 2007
Speak to faculty, students and community in Santa Monica College's Literary Series: "How Ethnic Discrimination Works in Academia Today." Never Fade Away book signing
May 22, 2007
Meet with students in the ESL program at Santa Monica College to discuss Never Fade Away
February 2007
PBS Premier of "Sisters of Selma," a feature documentary about Catholic nuns who joined Martin Luther King in Alabama in 1965 to demand voting rights for African Americans.



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