Ernest Wilfert Williamson III, PhD
Dr. Ernest Williamson, III has published creative work in over 600 journals. He has published poetry in over 200 journals, including The Oklahoma Review, The Roanoke Review, The Prague Daily Monitor, Ginosko Literary Journal, The Cannon's Mouth (UK), Ygdrasil: A Journal Of The Poetic Arts, Pamplemousse (formerly known as the Gihon River Review), Poetry Life and Times (UK), Aleola Journal of Poetry and Art, Caper Journal, Abramelin: A Journal of Fine Poetry, The Montucky Review, Denver Syntax, Versus Literary Journal, New Works Review, Penumbra Literary and Art Journal, Subliminal Interiors, Critiphoria: A Journal of Poetry and Criticism, Barrier Islands Review, The Whistling Fire, East Coast Literary Review, The Aroostook Review, Grasslimb Journal of Art and Literature, Rose & Thorn Journal, Adagio Verse Quarterly, The Literary Yard, G Twenty Two Literary Journal, The Literary Nest, Swamp Lily Review, Rollick Magazine, The Stray Branch: A Literary Publication of Poetry, Fiction, Art, and Photography, The Cherry Blossom Review, Canopic Jar, Plum Ruby Review, The Altar Collective, Reverie: Midwest African American Literature, Semaphore Magazine, The Copperfield Review, The Maynard (Canada), Scythe Literary Journal, Journal of Truth and Consequence, Mythium Journal: A Journal Dedicated to Good Literature, Lines and Stars: A Journal of Poetry & Short Prose, The Ekphrastic Review, Decanto (UK), Westview: A Journal of Western Oklahoma, I-70 Review, The American Aesthetic: A Journal of English Language Poetry, Tertulia Magazine, GTK Creative Journal, Steel Toe Review: A Journal of Southern Arts & Letters, The Penwood Review, The Indian Review, The Tower Journal, The Bombay Review, The Bangalore Review, Ramshackle Review, The Monongahela Review, The Houston Literary Review, Ray's Road Review, Prairie Wolf Press Review, Wilderness House Literary Review, El Portal (ENMU), The Critical Pass Review, Tryst, Yellow Chair Review, East Jasmine Review, Piedmont Journal of Poetry and Fiction, Yellow Medicine Review, and The Ballard Street Poetry Journal. Some of his visual artwork has appeared in journals such as New England Review, Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, The William & Mary Review, The Wisconsin Review, The Tulane Review, The Manhattanville Review, Tupelo Quarterly, Madison Review, Fourteen Hills, Switchback Journal (USF), West Trade Review, The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review (JHU), Owen Wister Review (UWYO), East Iowa Review, Inscape Journal (BYU), The Portland Review, Packingtown Review, Haverthorn (UK), Tule Review, The Columbia Review, The Penn Review, Spectrum (UCSB), Redivider: A Literary Journal of Emerson College, The Journal (Ohio State University), Black Market Review (UK), Dislocate (UMN), The Emerson Review, Two Cities Review, Kudzu Review, Rathalla Review, Rio Grande Review, Red Savina Review, The Rappahannock Review, Beechwood Review, New Plains Review, Pennsylvania English, New Delta Review (LSU), Willard & Maple, Cura: A Literary Magazine of Art and Action (Fordham University), The Brooklyn Review, and Kaltblut Magazine (Germany). Williamson has published articles on comparative education in the academic journal Academic Exchange Extra (University of Northern Colorado), and his research has been cited in journals such as The Urban Review and The Public Purpose (American University). Born in Illinois and raised in Tennessee, Williamson is the son of a retired elementary school principal and a BMI Music Award-winning musician. Identified early as a strong student, he was moved into an experimental public gifted education program called Creative Learning in a Unique Environment, (CLUE). The oldest of three, Williamson began writing poetry at the age of 13. His brother is a Grammy nominated musician and his sister is a certified educator. Dr. Williamson has taught at the college level for over thirteen years with six different colleges and universities including Fairleigh Dickinson University, New Jersey City University, and Nyack College. Williamson, a graduate of CBHS, is also a self-taught pianist and classical composer. His piano composition, Struggle for Peace (Parts I-III), was published in Georgia College's Literary Journal, The Peacock's Feet in 2014. Many of his creative works have been published in journals representing over 80 colleges and universities around the world. Dr. Williamson's poetry has been nominated three times for the Best of the Net Anthology. In 2012, famed theatre director and multiple Moliere award winner, Irina Brook, praised Dr. Williamson's creative work and called him "an amazing Renaissance man". Williamson was admitted to Drew University’s Doctor of Letters program in literary studies in 2012 but did not enroll. In 2013, he was offered a Professorship. For 5 years, Dr. Williamson was an Assistant Professor of English & Department Coordinator at Allen University. Currently, he is Assistant Director of Education Projects at Tennessee State University. He holds a B.A. in English (creative writing concentration) and an M.A. in English Literature, both from the University of Memphis. Williamson also earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership, Management, & Policy from Seton Hall University, and a leadership certificate from Harvard Graduate School of Education. Dr. Williamson is an active member of the Academy of American Poets, the American Humanist Association, the Association of Tertiary Education Management, the American Educational Research Association, the National Association of Independent Artists, and SENG.
Awards and Recognition
- I. Poetry Out Loud State Finals Competition (Columbia, South Carolina: Selected Judge (2018)
- II. Best of the Net Nomination: (Poetry) 2007 "The Jazz of Old Wine"
- III. Third Place (Collaged Verse Chapbook Edition) "Misfortune of Shallow Sight" (Sponsored by UNC-Chapel Hill)
- IV. Best of the Net Nomination: (Poetry) 2010 The Symbol of Abiotic Needs"
- V. Best of the Net Nomination: (Poetry) 2009 "Misfortune of Shallow Sight"
Press and Media Mentions
- Art Collection I: 100 Paintings by Ernest Williamson III
- Art Collection II: 100 Paintings by Ernest Williamson III
- Alexandra Reynolds, MFA speaks with Poet, Ernest Williamson III, PhD (2017) Roanoke Review
- Ernest Williamson III, PhD: Poetry Feature (2008) The Maynard Literary Journal
- Dr. Williamson is a classical composer. He has been composing music for piano for over twenty years. This album, With Flowers, With Love, is dedicated to those who have truly been in love. Williamson is a completely self-taught musician and visual artist. This album is the intellectual property of Dr. Williamson. Recording any portion of this body of work without permission of the composer is strictly prohibited.
- Select Poetry Readings from Williamson's first collection; release date is forthcoming.
- Dr. Williamson is a classical composer. He has been composing music for piano for over twenty years. This album, "The Culmination, is collection of some of Ernest's compositions from the early 2000s. Ernest is a completely self-taught musician and visual artist. This album is the intellectual property of Dr. Williamson. Recording any portion of this body of work without permission of the composer is strictly prohibited.
- Conversation with Ernest Williamson III, PhD (Aaduna Literary Journal, Featured Writer) Interview Transcript 2015 Auburn, New York
- Ernest Williamson III, PhD (Featured Artist: The Journal: A Literary Magazine, Ohio State University: 2017)
- The Ginosko Anthology 2 (Featured Poet: Madhat Press, 2014)
- Defining Black Identity: A Literature Review of Academic Disidentification Theory And Its Potential Causality (Published Academic Article: 2017, Epitome: International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research, Vol. 3 Issue 4)
- Featured Poet (Yellow Medicine Review: 2009)
- CEO of Williamson Designs (Fashion Designer for VIDA: California Based Company)
- Linkedin (Connect with Dr. Williamson)
- 21 Years From 17 (Preview Version: An Album of Country Music by Ernest Williamson III, PhD)
- Grey Thoughts & Purple Waters (An Album of Folk Music, preview version) is an album written and sung by Dr. Williamson. Any recording, reposting, or selling of any portion of this work is strictly prohibited. This work is the intellectual property of Ernest Williamson III.
- (2016) Featured Artist: (Columbia Journal: Columbia University's School of the Arts)
- The Fall of Paris: An Album of Classical Music (composed and played by Ernest Williamson, PhD)
- Diamond Meditations for Spring and Autumn: an Album of Classical Music: This album is designed to encourage more and more people to embrace the healing powers of meditation and nature. Williamson is a completely self-taught musician and visual artist. Any recording or reproduction of this body of work is strictly prohibited. (All tracks were composed and played by Ernest Williamson, PhD)
- Poetry Out Loud Competition: 2018 (Columbia, South Carolina: State Finals Judge: Ernest Williamson III, PhD)